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

2. How does Channis gain the upper hand against the Mule in their confrontation on Rossem?

3. Who is the first character introduced in 7-9?

4. As recounted in 1-3, who almost told the Mule the location of the Second Foundation five years before?

5. In 4-6, why does Channis say that he was picked to work for the Mule even though he is unconditioned?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Mule admit defeat? What happens after the Mule's defeat?

2. Why is the Imperial Library an important place to Arcadia?

3. Where does Arcadia hide while about Homir's ship? Why does she decide to come out of her hiding spot?

4. Where is the real location of the Second Foundation? Who is the real First Speaker?

5. What happens when Anthor asks to use the remote control for the Mental Static Device? What does Dr. Darell do afterward?

6. Why does Anthor try to convice Dr. Darell to go to Trantor?

7. How do Dr. Darell and his colleagues describe the war?

8. What does Callia do for Arcadia in her private chamber? What does Arcadia see as Callia flees the room?

9. How does Arcadia convince Palver to go to the Foundation and deliver a message for her?

10. Why do Merius and Stettin seek the help of Homir at the end of 10-12?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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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