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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. The narrator of the Introduction states that he had spent how many days at U.S. Robots?

2. What term refers to a deductive inference consisting of two premises and a conclusion, all of which are categorical propositions.?

3. Powell and Donovan found that out after they had been on the Station (in “Runaround”) for less than how long from in “Reason”?

4. According to Susan Calvin, the model of robot which included Robbie was sold to be used as what?

5. What year is it in the Introduction to the novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Donovan discover when he goes to check the Converter in “Reason”?

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

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

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

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

6. What is implied about the Interviewer in the book’s Introduction? Why is this significant?

7. What theme is introduced in “Runaround”?

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

9. Where are Donovan and Powell in the beginning of “Reason”? How much time has elapsed since “Runaround”?

10. What breakdown in the Three Laws of Robotics is indicated in “Runaround”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the interstellar ship built by The Brain in “Escape!” based upon the description in the narrative, what do you envision the ship to look like? How fast does it travel? What do Donovan and Powell remark about the ship upon seeing it?

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

Discuss the character of The Brain in “Escape!” Technically speaking, what is The Brain? How does this “robot” compare to central computing systems? What are the characteristics of The Brain’s personality?

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