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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. The Mule tells Channis that he realizes Tazenda is not the location of the Second Foundation for what reason?

2. How does Channis gain the upper hand against the Mule in their confrontation on Rossem?

3. Who is the first character introduced in 7-9?

4. As recounted in 1-3, who almost told the Mule the location of the Second Foundation five years before?

5. In 4-6, why does Channis say that he was picked to work for the Mule even though he is unconditioned?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is the Imperial Library an important place to Arcadia?

3. Where does Arcadia hide while about Homir's ship? Why does she decide to come out of her hiding spot?

4. Where is the real location of the Second Foundation? Who is the real First Speaker?

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

6. Why does Anthor try to convice Dr. Darell to go to Trantor?

7. How do Dr. Darell and his colleagues describe the war?

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

9. How does Arcadia convince Palver to go to the Foundation and deliver a message for her?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The literary tool of satire is employed by the author throughout the novel, using vile dictators and smug warlords for starters. Respond to the following with supporting evidence from the novel:

1) In what ways does Asimov satire governments in "Second Foundation"?

2) How does the author lampoon dictators who lust for power through the rule and downfall of the Mule?

3) What aspect of the novel's satire illustrates the author's view on his political climate?

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 Second Foundation is a powerful yet hidden organization that the title of the book is derived from. Please respond to the following with supporting examples from the novel:

1) How does the author represent the magnitude of influence the Second Foundation has on the galaxy?

2) Why does the Second Foundation's status of hidden and secret add to its power and influence?

3) Is the Second Foundation represented as good or bad force? Why?

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