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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 do Tim and Eileen find off the main road?

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

3. Where are archaeologists Alexander Willis and MacDonald sitting?

4. What is Harvey driving to get home?

5. How do the Sinanians die?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the activities aboard the space shuttle and comment upon the conversation.

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

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

4. Do you think Harry is a little crazy for continuing his pursuit to deliver the mail?

5. How is the comet likened to a hot fudge sundae and what is the consequence of that analogy?

6. How do Tim and Eileen use a clever ruse to make their way through the hysterical crowds?

7. Why does Harvey wonder about where Marie might be?

8. What happens to Norm Lilly that demonstrates the continued deterioration of law and order?

9. What makes Gordie decide not to commit suicide?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It seems that the people who will survive this comet strike are those who do not depend on military, police and rescue crews to save them; the hard truth is that those crews are going to be of little actual use. Discuss the following:

Analyze those who are surviving in the best way possible in the novel and relate how they are able to do so. How much do they depend upon "official" agencies for survival?

How often in real life do people depend upon their government at any level to "save" them? Is this a healthy attitude? Why or why not.

Do you think those in many countries, including the United States, have become too dependent on others to "save" them rather than their own self reliance?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Gordie and the Boy Scouts rescue some girl scouts from bikers who are abusing the girls. The boys and girls then pair off and create a new community. Discuss the following:

Assuming these boys and girls range in ages from 13-16, do you think it is responsible of Gordie as an adult to allow and/or even encourage the arrangement between the girls and boys?

Are these young people old enough to make the decision to not return with Harvey? Explain.

If you were a girl that was rescued, would you be willing to participate in the pairing off and all that implies? Why or why not?

What do you think the group would do to any boy or girl or refuses to pair off? Explain.

Is it moral for an adult to pair off with a sixteen year old girl, especially considering he has a wife already?

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