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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. Pritcher was originally part of what organization?

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

3. In 7-9, what is the name of the mysterious man?

4. Channis says in 1-3 that in order to find the Second Foundation, they must search for a world strong in mental power but lacking in what?

5. How do the Rossem elders describe Tazenda?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Palver do once he arrives on Terminus?

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

5. Why is Dr. Darell caught in a no-win situation in 16-18?

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

7. How has Kalgan changed since the Mule's death?

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

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

10. What difference in time do the events in 7-9 take place after 4-6 and how is this shown by the characters?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

During the 1940s and 1950s, both the United Sates and the USSR struggled to achieve dominance in their area of the globe. Asimov uses this scuffle for power as inspiration for the novel. Respond to the following with supporting examples from the book:

1) How does Asimov parallel the dominance of the Mule with that of the USSR?

2) Why do the geographic locations of the Foundation and the Mule mimic that of the United States and the USSR?

3) What is Asimov's purpose in making comparisons to that point in history with his novel?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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