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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. For what does the Mule have Pritcher search in 1-3?

2. What does the First Speaker condition the Mule's mind to believe?

3. Why does Anthor want Dr. Darell and his colleagues to scan their minds in 7-9?

4. Why does the Mule choose Channis to help find the Second Foundation?

5. What is the name of the Mule specialist?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Channis' reasons for telling Pritchard that his mind has been tampered with by the Second Foundation in 4-6? Why would the Second Foundation leave Pritchard's feeling of loyalty?

2. How does Channis describe the people of Rossem?

3. Why does the Mule choose Channis to accompany Pritcher on the assignment of finding the Second Foundation?

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

5. Why does Dr. Darell scold Arcadia when he enters her room at the beginning of 7-9?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Powerful forces in the fictional society of "Second Foundation" are able to influence and even control the minds of humans. Respond to the following with supporting evidence from the novel:

1) In the novel, what level of difficulty is the ability to control a person's mind? How easily influenced are people by the Mule or the Second Foundation?

2) How does the author portray that certainty a person can have about someone's mind being control? How about the certainty of a person's own mind being controlled?

3) What is the difference between the controlling powers of the Mule versus the powers of the Second Foundation?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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