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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. How many years later does section 7-9 take place after section 4-6?

2. What reason does the Mule give for knowing that the Second Foundation actually exists?

3. What reason does Anthor give for visiting Arcadia's house?

4. What is the name of the boy Arcadia befriends?

5. Who greets Channis and Pritcher at the end of 1-3?

Short Essay Questions

1. In 16-18, what does Dr. Darell want from Seimic? What is Seimic's response?

2. When Pritchard grows fearful and begins to think about his life before the Mule conditioned his mind, how does he react?

3. Why is Dr. Darell caught in a no-win situation in 16-18?

4. How does the opening of "Second Foundation" help the reader understand events that have occurred earlier in the trilogy?

5. Why do Merius and Stettin seek the help of Homir at the end of 10-12?

6. How do the Rossem elders react to the arrival of Pritchard and Channis?

7. What difference in time do the events in 7-9 take place after 4-6 and how is this shown by the characters?

8. What happens when Anthor asks to use the remote control for the Mental Static Device? What does Dr. Darell do afterward?

9. What does Callia do for Arcadia in her private chamber? What does Arcadia see as Callia flees the room?

10. What are Stettin's reasonings for going to war that he describes to Merius?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Asimov presents the organizations and characters in the novel in an ambiguous nature, not defining if something is officially good or bad. Please respond to the following with supporting examples from the book:

1) How does the author present an ambiguous viewpoint of the "Second Foundation?"

2) Why is the character development of Dr. Darell an example of Asimov's lack of clearly defining motives and beliefs?

3) What is Asimov's purpose in maintaining an ambiguous stance in "Second Foundation"? Does it allow the reader to make his own decisions?

Essay Topic 2

During the 1940s and 1950s, both the United Sates and the USSR struggled to achieve dominance in their area of the globe. Asimov uses this scuffle for power as inspiration for the novel. Respond to the following with supporting examples from the book:

1) How does Asimov parallel the dominance of the Mule with that of the USSR?

2) Why do the geographic locations of the Foundation and the Mule mimic that of the United States and the USSR?

3) What is Asimov's purpose in making comparisons to that point in history with his novel?

Essay Topic 3

The writing technique of foreshadowing event is employed by Asimov throughout the novel. Please respond to the following with supporting examples:

1) How does Asimov foreshadow Channis' betrayal?

2) What clues does the author give about the discord that Dr. Darell and his colleagues experience in their second meeting? How does their first meeting foreshadow this conflict?

3) What is the purpose of foreshadowing in the novel? Does it provide a bigger surprise when events turn out in a different way?

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