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 is a Blue Jaunte?

2. Who is Geoffrey Fourmyle?

3. How long did Foyle live on board the wrecked Nomad?

4. What is the Whisper Line?

5. Where do Foyle and Jiz jaunte to after escaping Baker's Zoo?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant and dangerous about Dagenham, especially in regard to his proximity to other people?

2. What is so significant about Jaunte's first jaunte?

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

4. What does Foyle discover on board the Nomad when he returns to the Sargasso Asteroid?

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

6. What happens in the relationship between the Inner Planets and Outer Satellites as a result of jaunting?

7. How did the Scientific People come to be?

8. Describe Foyle's existence as he is trapped on board the Nomad.

9. What does Foyle learn about blue jauntes?

10. What happens to Foyle when he gets emotional or angry, and what does Jiz tell him to do about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Fourmyle's Four Mile Circus is encamped in what is known as Old St. Pat's, what was once St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Discuss the irony of this group taking up residence in what was once a church, being mindful of what the Circus represents. Explain why the Circus is such an attraction to the people in the culture. Is it an escape? An ideal to be emulated? Evidence of the culture's depravity? Or something else entirely?

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

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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