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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Gloria’s last name in Chapter One, “Robbie”?

2. Powell refers to Cutie as a robot what in “Reason”?

3. Donovan tells Powell that it’s time he got what out of his pants and went to work in “Catch That Rabbit”?

4. In what year was the Second Mercury Expedition sent out, according to Susan Calvin?

5. What is the name of Gloria’s father in Chapter One, “Robbie”?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Weston interrupt Mr. Weston’s private time in his office in the beginning of “Robbie”?

2. What do Donovan and Powell discover about the robots’ behavior when they are not knowingly being observed in “Catch That Rabbit”?

3. What news does Donovan relate to Powell in the beginning of “Runaround”?

4. How does Mrs. Weston explain Robbie’s absence when he is sent away in “Robbie”?

5. How is the robot Cutie described in the beginning of “Reason”? What objective does he state in the beginning of the story?

6. What is established about the capacity of robots in “Robbie”? What is foreshadowed in the story?

7. What theme is established in the book’s Introduction?

8. What is indicated about the personality of Dr. Susan Calvin in the Introduction?

9. What is the central objective of Gloria in “Robbie”? How does this relate to the story’s themes?

10. What is discovered about the earlier generation robots in “Runaround”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the setting of “Little Lost Robot.” How does this setting relate to others in the collection? In what year does the story begin? How many hears had passed since the hyperatomic motor had been invented and what significance does this have in the story?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the Three Laws of Robotics as an organizing principle and unifying theme for Asimov's works. What are the three laws, and what short story (included in I, Robot) first introduced them? How do the laws apply in the stories of the collection? What do they symbolize in our contemporary world?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the setting of “Catch That Rabbit.” In what year does the story begin? Where are Powell and Donovan stationed in this story? How do they feel about the setting and their objectives?

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