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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 is Channis' physical description?

2. What number book in the Foundation Series is "Second Foundation"?

3. What is Pritcher's immediate reaction upon first meeting Channis?

4. Why would the Second Foundation not altar Pritchard's mind after arriving on Rossem according to Channis?

5. On what planet does the novel begin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What do Dr. Darell and Anthor do for the week after Anthor's arrival? How does this help with Anthor's disguise?

5. What is the history of Han Pritcher and how does this character remember his past?

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

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

8. What does Anthor ask Dr. Darell as they descend downstairs in 7-9? What is Dr. Darell's reaction?

9. In 4-6, how does the Mule know that Channis is a Second Foundationer?

10. How does Channis describe the people of Rossem?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Asimov is a leading author in the literary genre of science fiction and his novel "Second Foundation" is an example of his work that fits into this category. Respond to the following with supporting examples from the story:

1) How does the setting of the novel reflect elements of science fiction?

2) How does the technology featured in the novel reflect attributes of science fiction?

3) In what ways does science fiction allow Asimov to write about events featured in "Second Foundation"?

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