Schismatrix Plus Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Bruce Sterling
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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 isn't one of the factions on Zaibatsu?

2. What does the President ask to be done with it?

3. How old is Lindsay when he goes in for a decatabolism?

4. Lindsay buys an aircraft with a credit card. What kind of wings does it have?

5. Why are ReShapers the final outcome of Shapers?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is rumored about the people beyond the Wall?

2. How does the Fortuna Miner's Democracy react to the contents of Lindsay's bag?

3. Why is Lindsay so freaked out about fire?

4. Why is Lindsay hesitant to get a rejuvenation?

5. What does Alexandrina view as very sad?

6. Why does the Alien's arrival signal the start of peace between the Mechanists and Shapers?

7. What is the Geisha Bank?

8. What is Constantine's pride and joy?

9. What does Ryumin attempt to convince Lindsay he should do?

10. Who is Evan Kelland to Lindsay?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine Dr. Afriel's desire to exploit the Swarm for the benefit of his faction. Is this behavior any different from what people try to do in general? How or why not? Cite examples from human history to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

In essay form, discuss the following excerpt: "He wept quietly, holding nothing back. He mourned mankind, and the blindness of men, who thought that the Kosmos had rules and limits that would shelter them from their own freedom. There were no shelters. There were no final purposes. Futility and freedom, were Absolute." What does this quote mean to you?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss a universe in which humanity all have long lasting life spans. What would be some of the benefits to such a world? What would be some of the drawbacks? Extrapolating on what is known about humanity now, discuss how longevity might not be a boon to any planet or solar system on which humans reside.

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