The Stars My Destination Test | Mid-Book 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. What does Foyle survive on while on board the Nomad?

2. Why are Foyle and Jiz forced to escape Baker's Zoo?

3. How much does Jiz pay Baker for Gully's tattoo removal?

4. Who attempts to capture Jiz at the end of Chapter Seven?

5. Where is Gully's cell located in Gouffre Martel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the steps Foyle takes in activating the Nomad's engines.

2. What is the relationship between Presteign and Dagenham?

3. What happens to Foyle after he is able to leave the Sargasso Asteroid?

4. What seems to be the initial impetus for someone to jaunte, but is later found to be unnecessary?

5. What kind of advice does Jisbella McQueen give Foyle when they discuss on the Whisper Line?

6. What ultimately happens to Sam in Chapter 6, and how does it happen?

7. How does Dagenham attempt to persuade Foyle to give up information about the Nomad, instead of torture?

8. What relationship does Robin have with Foyle early on?

9. Why does Foyle go to the Vancouver Presteign shipyards?

10. Why is Gully Foyle considered the stereotypical common man?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One significant betrayal in the novel is when Robin abandons Foyle and goes to Y'ang-Yeovil. Discuss and explain why Robin does this, revealing Foyle's plans, and hopes to find her freedom. Be mindful in your discussion both Robin's background, how that impacts her decision, and what her motives and feelings might be toward Foyle.

Essay Topic 2

In the last two chapters of the book, author Bester basically throws convention to the wind and attempts to describe what happens with Foyle in hyperbolic language and graphic representations of what is fundamentally indescribable. Discuss Bester's use of these tools, how effective you felt they were, and share an alternate way of communicating the same truths without using the same conventions Bester did.

Essay Topic 3

Foyle has to deal not only with his external physical image, but also his external image as it is perceived by others. Describe his transition from Gully Foyle, uneducated merchant marine, to Geoffrey Fourmyle, wealthy buffoon. Discuss how this transition helps him hide his obsession. Describe, too, how Robin Wednesbury complements him in the areas in which he is weak.

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