The Stars My Destination 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. What location is considered the center of corruption in Rome?

2. What is the estimated population loss in the nuclear attack on Terra?

3. Who is Geoffrey Fourmyle?

4. What is the trademark of the Ceres clan?

5. Why does Olivia want to "pay back" other humans?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe a sympathetic block.

2. What does Olivia Presteign tell her father about Foyle that stuns him?

3. Who does Fourmyle see from the Gouffre Martel at Presteign's New Year's Eve party, and what is his response upon seeing this individual?

4. What is Y'ang-Yeovil's role on the Spanish Steps?

5. What is the nature of the discussion in the Star Chamber in Chapter 14?

6. What does Robin offer Foyle after the New Year's Eve bombardment, and what is his response?

7. Describe Geoffrey Fourmyle.

8. What does Foyle do after he finds Rodg Kempsey on the moon?

9. Who does Foyle kidnap on Mars? Describe Foyle's victim.

10. Describe Olivia Presteign.

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

PyrE is what Alfred Hitchcock used to call the "McGuffin," that one item in a story that all the characters seek, and upon which much of the plot pivots. While PryE is on its surface an explosive, it is, in the context of the novel, much more. Discuss the symbolic nature of PyrE, what it might represent on an allegorical level, and the significance of how it is detonated by the thought and the will. Consider both the thought and the will as characters in the book, and the role these abstract notions play.

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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