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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. Why would the Second Foundation not altar Pritchard's mind after arriving on Rossem according to Channis?
2. What is different about Channis from other characters in 1-3?
3. What disguised title does Anthor receive while visiting with the doctor?
4. What reason does Anthor give for visiting Arcadia's house?
5. What does the First Speaker condition the Mule's mind to believe?
Short Essay Questions
1. During the confrontation on Rossem, in what trap does Channis catch the Mule?
2. Who is the leader of the Galaxy and how did this leader rise to power?
3. In 7-9, what reasons does Arcadia give that she has knowledge that her father is expecting a visitor?
4. What difference in time do the events in 7-9 take place after 4-6 and how is this shown by the characters?
5. Toward the end of 1-3, what does the technician find in the ship and what is Channis' response?
6. What is the history of Han Pritcher and how does this character remember his past?
7. What do Dr. Darell and Anthor do for the week after Anthor's arrival? How does this help with Anthor's disguise?
8. In 1-3, what reason does the Mule give Channis about his assurance that the mythical Second Foundation really exists?
9. What does Anthor ask Dr. Darell as they descend downstairs in 7-9? What is Dr. Darell's reaction?
10. In 4-6, why is Pritchard so sure that nothing has tampered with him mind?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
With family members, political rulers and even one's own mind being controlled by powerful forces, paranoia plays a powerful role in the novel. Respond to the following with supporting details from "Second Foundation."
1) In what ways does the character of Pritcher exhibit extreme paranoia?
2) What are the reasons that the characters in the book are paranoid? Does the author validate these reasons by the end of the novel?
3) How does the author use a reader's real life concern about mind control to underscore the paranoia in the book?
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