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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. Cutie refers to what as “the Master” in “Reason”?

2. According to the narrator in the Introduction, the first mobile robot equipped with a voice was destined for the projected mines where?

3. What is Speedy mining for when he disappears in “Runaround”?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the theme of faith explored in “Reason”?

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

3. What ultimatum does Gloria give Robbie in the beginning of “Robbie”? How does he respond?

4. What is established through the exposition in the Introduction? Who are the characters that are first introduced?

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

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

7. What do the characters of Donovan and Powell represent symbolically in I, Robot?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the character of Cutie and the theme of faith in “Reason.” How does Cutie differ from the previous robots seen in I, Robot? Why does Cutie refuse to believe Powell’s explanation for his existence? How is faith questioned in the narrative?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the robot Dave in “Catch That Rabbit.” How is Dave different from Robbie and Cutie from the previous stories? What does Dave look like? What is the major conflict surrounding Dave in the narrative?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the plot structure of “Reason.” How does the structure of this story relate to that of “Runaround”? Have the characters of Donovan and Powell changed? Is the structure traditional?

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