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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 reason does Anthor give for visiting Arcadia's house?

2. What is Arcadia's reaction when the mysterious man wants to come inside her home?

3. How old is Arcadia Darell?

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

5. Why does Pritchard pull out his weapon in 4-6?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are Meluis' reasons for Kalgan losing the war against the Foundation?

3. How does Poli know that Arcadia has disappeared in 10-12? What is Dr. Darell's reaction?

4. In 7-9, what reasons does Arcadia give that she has knowledge that her father is expecting a visitor?

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

6. In 4-6, why is Pritchard so sure that nothing has tampered with him mind?

7. How does Channis describe the people of Rossem?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is confusion throughout the novel on whether or not a character is acting upon their own free will or by the manipulations of a controlling force. Please respond to the following with supporting evidence from the story:

1) Arcadia is a rebellious teenager who acts upon her own desires and yet it is revealed that she has been under the influence of the Second Foundation since being a baby. Has her free will been her own or a part of the Second Foundation's conditioning?

2) How does Asimov use the character of the Lieutenant from Kalgan to prove that free will is a fallacy in the society of "Second Foundation"?

3) What is the author's purpose in portraying free will as something that might just be part of a larger influential control?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The author was decidedly involved in education and academics and this real life influence is clearly represented throughout the novel. Respond to the following with supporting evidence from the book:

1) How did Asimov's life in education influence the book?

2) How do characters involved in academics, such as Homir and Seimic influence the events of the novel?

3) What is Asimov saying about the importance of education by having highly educated characters as the leaders of a rebellious group trying to overthrow a dominant organization?

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