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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 Arcadia give to know that her father was expecting a visitor?

2. How does the Mule know that Channis is a Second Foundationer?

3. Channis states that he does not fear what in 1-3?

4. What reason does Arcadia give her father for Anthor's visit?

5. What question does Anthor ask Dr. Darell while descending the stairs in 7-9?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Channis describe the planet that is likely to be home to the Second Foundation?

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

4. Why did the Seldon Plan fail as described by the author?

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

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

7. In 1-3, what reason does the Mule give Channis about his assurance that the mythical Second Foundation really exists?

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

9. What reasons does the Mule give for believing that the Second Foundation was not on Tazenda judging by Channis' reactions?

10. During the confrontation on Rossem, in what trap does Channis catch the Mule?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author emphasizes individuality through writing about characters' personal choices influencing the events of the book. Respond to the following with supporting references to examples in the novel:

1) How do several characters throughout the story display their own individuality? How does Channis? How does Palver?

2) The character of Pritcher has his mind controlled by the Mule - how does Asimov portray his individuality?

3) What issues in the novel repress individuality? Are these things presented in a positive or negative way?

Essay Topic 2

It is difficult to define a standout hero or villain in "Second Foundation" because the author does not present such a figure to the reader. Please respond to the following with supporting evidence from the story:

1) What character is the most like a hero in the story? What happens at the end of the novel to make the reader think otherwise?

2) The Mule is presented to be a villain. His motivation to further the Seldon Plan is one of the few representations of a valid motive in the story. What is the author saying about societies' views on misunderstanding other people?

3) How is the Second Foundation simultaneously represented as a protagonist and antagonist in the book?

Essay Topic 3

Arcadia Darell plays a pivotal role in the events of the novel, yet she is only a 14 year old girl. Please respond to the following with support from "Second Foundation."

1) What attributes does Asimov give Arcadia that represent adolescence in a positive way?

2) What attributes does Asimov give Arcadia that represent adolescence in a negative way?

3) What is Asimov saying about the ability of teenagers to influence society and their community as illustrated in the novel?

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