The Caves of Steel 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 the relationship of Jesse and Lije's counterparts in the Bible?

2. What does Daneel find at the men's personals?

3. What is Jesse's impression of Daneel's demeanor?

4. How does Daneel think an Earthman could enter the Spacer territory?

5. What is Elijah Baley's occupation?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is R. Daneel so different from other robots?

5. What shocks Lije about his new partner, R. Daneel, and why do you think this bothers Lije so much?

6. How does Dr. Fastolfe explain the Spacers's paranoia about contact with Earthmen?

7. What do you think could be an advantage if a clerk who is serving you were a robot?

8. What is Lije subjected to again as he enters Spacetown?

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

10. What is the problem that Lije and R. Daneel encounter at the shoe store, and do you think the women are justified?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is immediately apparent that there is a conflict between humans and robots. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of man versus robots.

2. Discuss how you think robots would change our culture today if they started performing most of the service occupations.

3. Do you think the fears about robots in THE CAVES OF STEEL is justified? Explain fully.

Essay Topic 2

THE CAVES OF STEEL is written in the genre of science fiction. Discuss the following:

1. What sets science fiction apart from other genres?

2. Some people might say that science fiction is merely for entertainment? Do you agree or not? Explain.

3. Discuss why THE CAVES OF STEEL falls under the genre of science fiction.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of examples in the book where it is obvious that human society is more strictly regulated and structured in the time of THE CAVES OF STEEL than at the present time in the United States. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the way the world of THE CAVES OF STEEL is structured and regulated. Evaluate its effectiveness and its problems.

2. Compare/contrast the society in which Lije lives versus an average American today.

3. Are there countries that are as tightly controlled in the "real" world as that in THE CAVES OF STEEL? Compare the two.

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