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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 Pritchard say that Channis would do after being hired by the Mule?

2. What is Channis' physical description?

3. What advice does Anthor tell Dr. Darell to do if a man ever wants to marry Arcadia?

4. Why does the Mule choose Channis to help find the Second Foundation?

5. Where is the Second Foundation said to be in 1-3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What factors contribute to Channis' popularity on Kaglan?

2. Toward the end of 1-3, what does the technician find in the ship and what is Channis' response?

3. What is the Mule's motivations for finding the Second Foundation? How close has he come to this discovery?

4. Why does the Mule choose Channis to accompany Pritcher on the assignment of finding the Second Foundation?

5. Why does Pritchard pull a gun on Channis? What are his reasons for accusing Channis of this crime?

6. What is Arcadia's reaction when she sees the man at her window?

7. Why does Anthor want everyone at the meeting in 7-9 to get their brains scanned?

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

9. How does the Mule admit defeat? What happens after the Mule's defeat?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In today's society technology plays a vital role in daily activities. This use of technology is emulated in the novel and is a major influence on plot developments. Please respond to the following with supporting examples:

1) What technology is featured in the novel that has yet to be invented? How does this help to captivate the reader?

2) What types of technology are used during the book to change the course of events in the plot?

3) Why does the author place such importance on technology in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Being the third book in the Foundation Trilogy, "Second Foundation" has many qualities that clue the reader into it being part of a series. Please respond to the following with supporting details from the novel:

1) How does Asimov include the reader into the series right from the start in his introduction to the book?

2) What events in the story are continuations from previous books in the series?

3) Is a reader able to read "Second Foundation" without having read the two previous books? How does Asimov assist in this process?

Essay Topic 3

The tone of the novel has an important effect on a reader's reading experience. "Second Foundation" is solemn in its content and tone. Please respond to the following with supporting evidence from the book:

1) How does Asimov establish the serious tone of the novel from the beginning of the book?

2) What are the major themes of the book and how do these themes affect the tone of the story?

3) Does the serious tone of "Second Foundation" help to accentuate the way the reader perceives the story?

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