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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 would Lije not mind as far as his position?

2. What is Julius Enderby's occupation?

3. Who do the Spacers believe is responsible for the spacer's death?

4. What is Lije's real name?

5. What does Jesse ask Lije that night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lije observe about R. Daneel and what might be the implication of this observation?

2. Why did Dr. Sarton engage in robotic research?

3. How do you think Lije feels about bringing home a robot who is his professional partner?

4. How does it seem that Lije reacts to the idea of having a robot for a partner?

5. How does R. Daneel disprove Lije's theory and is Enderby's response appropriate?

6. What is the unexpected result of Lije's accusations about R. Daneel?

7. Why is Lije upset by R. Daneel's actions to control the crowd?

8. What is Lije's rationale for believing Dr. Sarton is not dead, but that the Spacers want the Earthmen to believe Dr. Sarton is murdered by a City dweller?

9. What do you think is the significance of the fact that the family is required to eat in the community kitchen most of the week?

10. Does it seem Jessie's uneasiness about R. Daneel is her peculiar belief or do others share her sentiments?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It seems obvious that Lije wants to keep his professional life separate from his private/family life. Discuss the following:

1. In what ways does Lije try to separate his private from his professional life?

2. Do you think it is healthy for a person to keep their private lives and professional/work lives completely separate? Why or why not?

3. When you were a child, how aware were you of what your Mom/Dad did career wise? Do you wish they had told you more?

Essay Topic 2

The laws of robotics are discussed in a number of chapters. Discuss the following:

1. Explain in your own words the three laws of robotics and why they probably exist.

2. Can you think of any other laws of robotics that should be in place? Explain.

3. If you had a robot employee or servant, would you want it to merely respond to commands with no emotions or would you like it endowed with artificial intelligence so that it could think at some level? Explain your preference.

Essay Topic 3

When night falls in New York City, only the wealthiest areas where the natural Solariums are can behold the change in light. The majority of the City is allotted UV-Solariums, which subjects itself to "arbitrary cycles of hours." Even though the possibility for light at all hours of the day may occur, it is still inherit in man to sleep during night. This control of light source is a way to save energy and a way to allow people to work during the 24 hour cycle. Discuss one of the following:

1. Obviously there is still a delineation of society between the "haves" and "have nots." Are you surprised that there is still a strict demarcation between the wealthy and middle class or poor? Discuss fully.

2. Do you think a truly egalitarian society is every achievable? Would one want to achieve such a society? Discuss fully.

3. Still only the wealthy can see the natural changes in light as night flows into day and vice versa, that means many Earth people have never seen the real sky. What do you think life would be like in such a place?

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