Lucifer's Hammer Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 does Dan lose in the encounter?

2. Why does Harvey take over driving?

3. Why are they concerned about a salvage mission?

4. Why does Harvey think the salvage mission needs to go now?

5. Who does Alim's group find?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Al tell Harvey about Maureen?

2. What does it seem the general philosophy of life is now for most people?

3. What is one of the purposes of the meeting to which Harvey has been summoned?

4. What are Maureen's thoughts about the prisoners from the Brotherhood and do you agree with her?

5. How does Harvey convince Al that he is a valuable addition to the needs of the people in this area?

6. Discuss Maureen's conversation with the Reverend Varley and her response to it.

7. What are some people resorting to as they try to survive and what do you think of the idea?

8. What does Harvey do and how do his tactics work on delaying the Brotherhood?

9. What are a couple cultural changes that have happened with the comet strike?

10. How does Tim and his group get admitted to the ranch?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Joanna listens to Mark and Frank, she's increasingly annoyed that Mark continually interrupts Frank with opinions of his own regarding what other catastrophes could cause the end of the world. Frank had originally been undecided whether to accompany the couple, but had gone because he felt Mark incapable of protecting Joanna and Joanna overly confident that she could protect herself. This book is set in the time in which it is written, the mid-1970s. Choose one of the following to discuss:

Discuss three predominant characteristics of 2 of the major female characters in the book. Do you think these women would be portrayed in a similar fashion in a book written today?

Do women still "need" protecting by men? If such a catastrophe happened in the first decade of the 21st century, would women have a different role than in this book?

Some of the fights take place because there are not enough women to "go around." Discuss this idea and its implications.

Essay Topic 2

In an underground concrete bunker somewhere in the northeastern United States, Major Bennet Rosten and Captain Harold Luce are waiting commands. The US fears that the Russians will believe the US "blind and crippled" by the comet event, using that as a time to strike. Discuss the following:

Is it realistic to think that in the middle of a terrible, global crisis that the Russians would launch nuclear warheads at another country? Why or why not?

Why do you think China makes a preemptive strike against Russian when all countries may have to cooperate to overcome total global annihilation from the effects of the comet?

Would you authorize nuclear weapon attacks during such a crisis? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Harvey and Senator Jellison are two of the most influential characters in Lucifer's Hammer and have a major impact on the rest of the people in the story.

Part 1) Compare and contrast the characters of Harvey and the Senator. How are they the same? How are they different?

Part 2) What do you think would have happened if these two characters, Harvey and Senator Jellison, never existed in the story? Use events from the book where the direct influence of Harvey and Senator Jellison had an impact on others.

Part 3) Who is the better leader,Harvey and Senator Jellison? Cite several examples from the book to support your case.

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