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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. Who is driving the travel all as they leave Harvey's house?

2. What does Harvey find when he arrives home?

3. What does Barry tell Delores?

4. What does Tim notice about his family?

5. What does Jellison suggest for survival?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes Gordie decide not to commit suicide?

2. Why do most scientists misjudge the path of the comet before it hits earth?

3. What is one repercussion of the "gloom and doom" message preached by Henry Armitage and others?

4. What demonstrates that the women are handling the situation quite well?

5. Briefly describe Tim and Eileen's journey by car to the observatory.

6. How do the astronauts decide to land in California?

7. Who is Alim Nasser and how does he choose unwisely to face the situation about the comet strike?

8. Identify who you think are the protagonist(s), antagonist(s) and two or three secondary characters and why.

9. Why are Frank, Mark and Joanne in the desert?

10. What does it say about Tim and Eileen that they agree to take four of the children and about Larry who refuses to harm Tim and Eileen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While they are discussing the plan for survival if the comet is to hit, there's some dissent over the issue. Jellison makes the point that the best course is to pool resources, so the entire community can survive. While Ray says that it sounds like communism, George says that it makes sense to join together. Discuss the following:

Do you agree with George that it makes sense to pool resources? Why or why not.

If you had laid in huge amounts of survival supplies and were asked to share in a community setting, would you be willing? What could a group offer you that you do not have yourself if you planned ahead?

What is the number one problem with trying to survive in small numbers, say at the family level?

Essay Topic 2

Fred Lauren murders a woman named Coleen because he believes the end of the world is imminent and thus he no longer fears the threat of punishment by giving in to his insane urges. Discuss the following:

How strongly do you think that doomsday predictions influence those who are mentally unstable already? Give examples from the book and your personal knowledge. (Think about Y2K, Jonestown, etc.).

Do you think you would ever believe a doomsday prediction such as a comet hitting the earth? Why or why not?

Do you believe those who preach such messages should be held accountable for their actions if people who hear them do such things as Fred Lauren does? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

As Tim is trying to get out of the city, he grabs an abandoned tape recorder and microphone and shoves it into an armed man's face, asking questions. Discuss one of the following:

Obviously Tim thinks quickly on his feet. This might be called an instance of "survival of the fittest." Discuss this concept as it appears through the entire book.

For some, survival has included cannibalism. Discuss the moral implications of cannibalism as a means of survival. Use examples from the book and real life (think of Donner Pass and the plane crash in the Andies).

Should the concept of "survival of the fittest" be the guiding principle in such a situation as that in Lucifer's Hammer?

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