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

2. What does Lije believe Enderby will think about Lije's theory of the murder?

3. What does the government call things such as riots?

4. What does Lije think is odd about Daneel being "programmed" for justice?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. Why does Lije request Enderby to be a witness to a conversation Lije is about to have with Dr. Fastolfe and R. Daneel?

6. Who is the murder victim and what do the Spacers think about his murder?

7. What does Jesse want and what is Lije's response? Is Jesse justified in her request?

8. How are robots used by Earthmen versus Spacers?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Questions that most likely Asimov wanted the readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Asimov's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

Essay Topic 2

Bentley, Lije's son, is against the idea of robots, which may be a reflection not only of how he has been raised in their household but also of how his friends and teachers perceive the situation. Discuss one of the following:

1. Answer the following questions: How influential do you think Bentley's peers are on his opinions? How influential are Jesse's associates in the Medievalist group on her thinking? How about how influential are Lije's colleagues on his thinking?

2. A book called Freakonomics, suggests that peers have the greatest influence on how a child turns out--even more so than parents, teachers, or other adults. Discuss your thoughts about this idea.

3. If Freakonomics is correct and peers have the most influence on the way a child turns out as an adult, how do you think that should influence a parent's interaction and supervision of his/her child? Go into detail with examples.

Essay Topic 3

When Daneel shares the information that gamma radiation can kill him, Lije is surprised. No Earthman is aware of this because Spacetown does not want humans knowing a robot's vulnerabilities, especially because of their plans for infiltration. Daneel only tells Lije because they are partners and believes it is necessary to know each others' strengths and weaknesses. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think R. Daneel is capable of feeling trust (and/or mistrust)? Why or why not.

2. Is it wise of R. Daneel to reveal a serious weakness to a human, especially one who has a wife who is hostile to robots.

3. What can R. Daneel gain by revealing this weakness? Is R. Daneel capable of knowing intuitively that he needs to offer his trust to Lije?

4. Is it possible that R. Daneel is becoming more than what he was created to do? Is this one of the dangers of artificial intelligence?

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