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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 can the women do if they cannot accept Lije's statement?

2. What is Elijah Baley's occupation?

3. What was not done according to Lije?

4. Why does Lije's father lose his job at the power plant?

5. With what is Lije content?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How are robots used by Earthmen versus Spacers?

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

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

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

6. Does Lije seem to be finally thinking more clearly and to what might you attribute that?

7. What childhood story makes Lije re-think Enderby as the murder suspect and why do you think Lije makes the connection between the story and Enderby?

8. What possible theme is already apparent in this first chapter?

9. What does Lije state about the murder of Dr. Sarton and how is his analysis received by Dr. Fastolfe and Enderby?

10. What theme is demonstrated by the conversation between Lije and Norris?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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