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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. Who fears human disease and is unable to deal with the huge crowds in Cities?

2. Why does Lije go to Spacetown?

3. In what field did Roj Nemennuh Sarton specialize?

4. What does Daneel say will happen to the next person who takes action against a robot?

5. In what does Lije try to intervene?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Lije react to Bentley showing up at the apartment and what does this say about the relationship between Lije and Jesse?

4. When Daneel and Lije return to their apartment, what horrifies does Daneel do that horrifies Lije? Would you feel the same way

5. Why is Lije unwilling to ask for reassignment from this case and what is Jesse's attitude about Lije's position on the force?

6. How did Lije meet Jesse, his wife, and what about their names may foreshadow something further in the story?

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

8. What are a couple differences between the City where Lije lives and Spacetown?

9. What is the process Lije has to go through to enter Spacetown and does this seem an invasion of privacy?

10. How is R. Daneel able to assure Lije of Enderby's innocence and does Daneel's explanation seem plausible?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Dr. Fastolfe is currently one hundred and sixty three years old, and on Fastolfe's home planet, Aurora, the average life expectancy for a male is three hundred and fifty years. Discuss the following:

1. What would it be like to have a life expectancy of 350 years?

2. Could Earth sustain life if people lived that long?

3. Do you think if the life expectancy were that long, the birth rate would plummet?

4. How long would adolescence last if one lived to be 350 years old?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

We eventually learn that the Spacers set up Lije as an experiment to see if human beings could be made to live in peaceful co-existence with robots. They inject Lije with a drug that eventually makes Lije defend robots. Discuss the following:

1. Was it ethical to inject Lije without his permission?

2. If an Earthman has to be injected with a drug to make them accept robots, then how do you think the Spacers could pull off drugging all, or even a small portion of the 50 billion humans on Earth?

3. If there were a way to drug someone to gain his/her cooperation or to change their minds about something, do you think the government of the United States would use such a drug? Why or why not.

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