Second Foundation Test | Final 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. Who has been ruling Kalgan since the Mule's death?

2. What is Homir doing when he first sees Arcadia on the ship?

3. What does Melius try to persuade Stettin to do?

4. Why does Dr. Darell tell Seimic not to tell anyone else of their plans in 16-18?

5. Why does Stettin say the treasury is struggling?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Arcadia so excited to meet Lady Callia?

3. What are Stettin's reasonings for going to war that he describes to Merius?

4. What is appealing to Stettin about Arcadia's heritage? What does Stettin want Arcadia to become for him?

5. How does Callia convince Stettin to allow herself, Arcadia and Homir into the Mule's palace?

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

7. What two orders does Stettin send out after Callia manipulates him into thinking he has a chance to start an empire?

8. What is Callia's explanation for why no one is allowed to enter into the Mule's palace? Has Stettin entered the palace according to Callia?

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

10. Why does Dr. Darrell consider the Second Foundation an enemy? What made him realize this?

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 Second Foundation is a powerful yet hidden organization that the title of the book is derived from. Please respond to the following with supporting examples from the novel:

1) How does the author represent the magnitude of influence the Second Foundation has on the galaxy?

2) Why does the Second Foundation's status of hidden and secret add to its power and influence?

3) Is the Second Foundation represented as good or bad force? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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