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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. Where does Channis decide to land the ship at the end of 1-3?

2. Channis says that the people of Rossem are neither starving nor unhappy which means what?

3. The Mule tells Channis that he realizes Tazenda is not the location of the Second Foundation for what reason?

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

5. According to the Rossem elders, with what does Tazenda provide Rossem?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is the leader of the Galaxy and how did this leader rise to power?

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

5. How has Arcadia kept herself busy since Anthor's arrival?

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

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

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

9. How does Channis describe the people of Rossem?

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

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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