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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

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 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 writing technique of foreshadowing event is employed by Asimov throughout the novel. Please respond to the following with supporting examples:

1) How does Asimov foreshadow Channis' betrayal?

2) What clues does the author give about the discord that Dr. Darell and his colleagues experience in their second meeting? How does their first meeting foreshadow this conflict?

3) What is the purpose of foreshadowing in the novel? Does it provide a bigger surprise when events turn out in a different way?

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