1. How does the opening of "Second Foundation" help the reader understand events that have occurred earlier in the trilogy?
The author starts "Second Foundation" with a comprehensive overview of events that have happened in prior books in the Foundation trilogy. This way, a reader is informed even without having read prior books.
2. Who is the leader of the Galaxy and how did this leader rise to power?
The leader of the Galaxy is the Mule. The Mule has rapidly risen in power because he has the ability to control and condition people's minds.
3. What is the history of Han Pritcher and how does this character remember his past?
Han Pritcher used to work for the Foundation but he was converted by the Mule. Pritcher views his past with embarrassment and wants to prove his loyalty to the Mule.
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