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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 did Roj Nemennuh Sarton think would produce a world like the one the Spacers wanted?

2. Where did Lije meet Jesse?

3. In what did Lije participate?

4. With what does Lije prefer Enderby to deal?

5. What does Fastolfe fear?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has the word "city" changed in the time of this novel?

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

3. Why do the Spacers want Earthmen to accept robots among them?

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

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

6. How and why is light regulated in the City's artificial environment?

7. Often foreshadowing is not apparent until later, but there are usually reasons an author mentions something trivial because it foreshadows something later: What is one thing that may be foreshadowing?

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

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

10. What is it about Fastolfe's age that most Earthmen would find extraordinary and do you think you would enjoy his lifespan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lije questions why robots need to appear in the form of human likeness, why not another machine? Gerrigel states that the human form is the most generalized form in all of nature. It is an issue of economics and efficiency. Discuss the following:

1. Do you agree with Gerrigel that the human form is the most generalized form in all of nature? What do you think Gerrigel means by that?

2. Why is the human form more economical and efficient?

3. Even if the human form is more economical and efficient, why do you think Dr. Sarton made R. Daneel anatomically correct, even to his genetalia? Does that amount of exactitude serve a purpose? What would that be?

Essay Topic 2

Issac Asimov is one of the most prolific writers, both science fiction and other genres, including acadmic, of his time. It is useful to know about him not just because he authored THE CAVES OF STEEL, but because his authorial life is quite astounding. Discuss the following:

1. Research Asimov and write a brief biography of Asimov.

2. What do you find to be most impressive about the man?

3. What do you think is Asimov's greatest accomplishment?

4. If you were told that you had to write 900 or so books and other works, how would you respond?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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