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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. How does Pritchard claim he knows his mind has not been reconditioned since arriving on Rossem?

2. Who is the author of "Second Foundation"?

3. How does Pritcher remember his past as described in 1-3?

4. Channis states that he does not fear what in 1-3?

5. Who does the Mule send to accompany Prichard's final mission?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the Mule's motivations for finding the Second Foundation? How close has he come to this discovery?

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

5. How does Channis describe the people of Rossem?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Isaac Asimov has had substantial influence in the modern world due to his widely known written works of both nonfiction and fiction. Please respond to the following with supporting facts:

1) How did Asimov's childhood influence his career choice?

2) How did Asimov's career as a science professor influence his choice to write science fiction?

3) What examples of Asimov's beliefs are evident in "Second Foundation"?

Essay Topic 2

Arcadia Darell plays a pivotal role in the events of the novel, yet she is only a 14 year old girl. Please respond to the following with support from "Second Foundation."

1) What attributes does Asimov give Arcadia that represent adolescence in a positive way?

2) What attributes does Asimov give Arcadia that represent adolescence in a negative way?

3) What is Asimov saying about the ability of teenagers to influence society and their community as illustrated in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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