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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. According to Dagenham, what is the salvage on board the Nomad that is so valuable?

2. What is the current function of the abandoned railway roundhouse in Chapter 6?

3. What did the accident at Tycho Sands do to Saul Dagenham?

4. Why doesn't the craft Foyle use to leave the Sargasso Asteroid work at first?

5. Who is the spokesperson to Foyle for the inhabitants of the Sargasso Asteroid?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Robin Wednesbury and her job, as introduced in Chapter 3.

2. What motivates Foyle to save himself at the close of Chapter 1?

3. What keeps Foyle from divulging information about the whereabouts of the Nomad when he is questioned at the Nightmare Theater?

4. Why does Y'ang-Yeovil want custody of Foyle after Foyle's attempt to destroy the Vorga?

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

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

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

8. What is the relationship between Jiz and Sam Quatt?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This particular novel was originally titled "Tiger! Tiger!" Discuss the appropriateness of that original title, and why perhaps the title was changed to the more poetic "The Stars My Destination." Discuss which title seems more fitting for the book, based on your overall impressions of the novel, and explain the source of the current title.

Essay Topic 2

One thread woven throughout The Stars My Destination is the notion of escape and consequent freedom. Obviously, Foyle wants revenge on the Vorga, but achieving that vengeance gives him the freedom to continue his life. Are there other characters who are bound by something--be it a physical trait, an internal state, or something else? Identify at least three other characters who are "held back" in some fashion by something in their lives. Identify their handicaps, how those handicaps keep them from experiencing freedom, and how they overcome those handicaps (if indeed they are able to overcome them.)

Essay Topic 3

One of the most interesting relationships in the book is that between Foyle and Olivia. Robin looks at the two of them and sees two grotesque people. Foyle looks at their relationship and sees hope. Describe how the relationship between Foyle and Olivia changes, for better or worse, from the time of their first meeting at the Presteign mansion until his parting from her. Note in your discussion how Olivia is shown not to be what Foyle thought her to be and how that impacts his relationship with her.

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