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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 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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