R.U.R. Test | Mid-Book 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 Domin say a man does if you give him a stone?

2. What does Fabry buy Helena?

3. What does the living room window overlook?

4. What does Alquist say the whole world has become?

5. What are the robots trained as?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the first Rossum robots like?

2. Why does Alquist think the factory managers are to blame for what has happened?

3. How do Sulla and Marius react to dissection?

4. What is Fabry and Hallemier's plan?

5. Why does it not matter if robots put humans out of jobs?

6. Why does Domin want to marry Helena?

7. Why does Helena say she burned the Rossum manuscripts?

8. Why does Helena want to leave the island?

9. What gifts have Domin and the other managers bought for Helena?

10. What does Alquist want Radius to do?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following and discuss how it affects the tone of the play and helps to express character and theme:

1) Setting

2) Point of view

3) Structure

4) Language

Essay Topic 2

R.U.R is part of the science fiction genre.

1) What are the conventions of the genre in terms of character, language and plot?

2) In what way did R.U.R help to set the template for similar plays and works of literature? Do modern novels and plays still use the ideas the author uses in R.U.R?

Essay Topic 3

Compare Alquist's character at the end of the play to the person he was at the beginning of the play.

1) What did Alquist hope to achieve at the beginning of the play?

2) What events changes Alquist ideas about life?

3) How has Alquist's character changed by the end of the novel?

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