Second Foundation Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Dr. Darell's response upon hearing Anthor's advice on the staircase?

2. Who is the last person to enter into the room where the confrontation is happening at the end of 4-6?

3. Channis tells Pritchard that Tazenda is the Second Foundation because Rossem views Tazenda how?

4. What is the reason behind the Mule's power?

5. What reason does Acadia give for Anthor to behave when they first meet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reasons does the Mule give for believing that the Second Foundation was not on Tazenda judging by Channis' reactions?

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

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

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

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

6. What does Anthor ask Dr. Darell as they descend downstairs in 7-9? What is Dr. Darell's reaction?

7. In 7-9, what reasons does Arcadia give that she has knowledge that her father is expecting a visitor?

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

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

10. How does Channis describe the people of Rossem?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are three female characters presented in "Second Foundation:" Arcadia, Callia and Momma. All of the characters have great influence in the plot of the novel. Please respond to the following with supporting evidence:

1) What way does Asimov portray the character of Arcadia?

2) What way does Asimov portray the character of Callia?

3) What way does Asimov portray the character of Momma?

4) Does the author imply that females have important roles in society alongside that of men?

Essay Topic 2

The author was decidedly involved in education and academics and this real life influence is clearly represented throughout the novel. Respond to the following with supporting evidence from the book:

1) How did Asimov's life in education influence the book?

2) How do characters involved in academics, such as Homir and Seimic influence the events of the novel?

3) What is Asimov saying about the importance of education by having highly educated characters as the leaders of a rebellious group trying to overthrow a dominant organization?

Essay Topic 3

The literary tool of satire is employed by the author throughout the novel, using vile dictators and smug warlords for starters. Respond to the following with supporting evidence from the novel:

1) In what ways does Asimov satire governments in "Second Foundation"?

2) How does the author lampoon dictators who lust for power through the rule and downfall of the Mule?

3) What aspect of the novel's satire illustrates the author's view on his political climate?

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