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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. What is Pritcher's reaction when Channis says that the Mule does not know where they are going?

2. What does Dr. Darell do with Anthor for the next seven days after Anthor's arrival?

3. What reason does Anthor give for visiting Arcadia's house?

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

5. What does the narrator describe a hyper relay device as allowing outside sources to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Channis describe the people of Rossem?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There is confusion throughout the novel on whether or not a character is acting upon their own free will or by the manipulations of a controlling force. Please respond to the following with supporting evidence from the story:

1) Arcadia is a rebellious teenager who acts upon her own desires and yet it is revealed that she has been under the influence of the Second Foundation since being a baby. Has her free will been her own or a part of the Second Foundation's conditioning?

2) How does Asimov use the character of the Lieutenant from Kalgan to prove that free will is a fallacy in the society of "Second Foundation"?

3) What is the author's purpose in portraying free will as something that might just be part of a larger influential control?

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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