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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. Who greets Channis and Pritcher at the end of 1-3?

2. What advice does Anthor tell Dr. Darell to do if a man ever wants to marry Arcadia?

3. What attributes to Channis' success in society?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does Channis describe the people of Rossem?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Trust is the foundation on what relationships are built and the characters in "Second Foundation" experience many examples of doubt and double-cross. Please respond with supporting examples to the following:

1) How does the issue of trust affect the lives of the characters before the downfall of the Mule?

2) How does the issue of trust affect the lives of the characters after the downfall of the Mule?

3) Does Asimov imply that there really is no true level of trust that can be achieved between people as is portrayed in "Second Foundation"?

Essay Topic 2

Asimov presents the organizations and characters in the novel in an ambiguous nature, not defining if something is officially good or bad. Please respond to the following with supporting examples from the book:

1) How does the author present an ambiguous viewpoint of the "Second Foundation?"

2) Why is the character development of Dr. Darell an example of Asimov's lack of clearly defining motives and beliefs?

3) What is Asimov's purpose in maintaining an ambiguous stance in "Second Foundation"? Does it allow the reader to make his own decisions?

Essay Topic 3

There are three female characters presented in "Second Foundation:" Arcadia, Callia and Momma. All of the characters have great influence in the plot of the novel. Please respond to the following with supporting evidence:

1) What way does Asimov portray the character of Arcadia?

2) What way does Asimov portray the character of Callia?

3) What way does Asimov portray the character of Momma?

4) Does the author imply that females have important roles in society alongside that of men?

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