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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 do the "primitive" peoples do, after the Second World War?

2. Chapter 2 is a guide, written for whom?

3. Taufiq was incarnated on Shikasta after what war?

4. What does the second individual become?

5. What was Taufiq's name when he incarnated on Shikasta?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to the Natives when Shikasta is cut off from the Lock?

2. Who is the individual known as "The Brand"?

3. What is the "Age of Ideology"?

4. What is the main Canopean ideology?

5. Who is Johor, and what is his job?

6. Who is Taufiq?

7. Who was the first individual introduced in Chapter 11, and what would John Brent-Oxford have done for her as a lawyer?

8. Who does Johor find on the outskirts of Zone Six, in Chapter 12?

9. What is reported in Chapter 9 regarding the Natives, Dwarves and Elves?

10. What happens to the Giants when Shikasta is cut off from the Lock?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel establishes an innovative concept of life after death. What happens to people when they die on Shikasta? Is this the same system that exists on other planets? Why or why not? How is Johor able to communicate with souls waiting to reincarnate? Why? How do the souls in Zone Six feel about their situation, and why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the book to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

SOWF, or Substance of We-Feeling, is a powerful force in life on Shikasta. What does this substance do? What effect does it have on the Natives, Giants and Canopeans? What happens to them when they are cut off from this substance? Why? Why do some Shikastans have a better ability to receive this substance than others? What can they do to improve their SOWF-receiving abilities? Be sure to cite specific examples from the book to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

The special individuals who were supposed to be helped by Taufiq had very different lives as a result of his inability to help them. What did they have in common? What was at the root of their issues? How did they relate to the socioeconomic situation on Shikasta? What role were they supposed to play in the final days of Shikasta, before the apocalypse? Why? How were their lives different as a result of the help they didn't receive? Be sure to cite specific examples from the book to support your thesis.

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