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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 Lije ask about Daneel's activities the night before?

2. What would Lije not mind as far as his position?

3. What does Fastolfe fear?

4. What does Lije question about Enderby?

5. How did a spacer die three days ago?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What is Lije's rationale for believing Dr. Sarton is not dead, but that the Spacers want the Earthmen to believe Dr. Sarton is murdered by a City dweller?

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. Why do you think Bentley seems conflicted about R. Daneel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When night falls in New York City, only the wealthiest areas where the natural Solariums are can behold the change in light. The majority of the City is allotted UV-Solariums, which subjects itself to "arbitrary cycles of hours." Even though the possibility for light at all hours of the day may occur, it is still inherit in man to sleep during night. This control of light source is a way to save energy and a way to allow people to work during the 24 hour cycle. Discuss one of the following:

1. Obviously there is still a delineation of society between the "haves" and "have nots." Are you surprised that there is still a strict demarcation between the wealthy and middle class or poor? Discuss fully.

2. Do you think a truly egalitarian society is every achievable? Would one want to achieve such a society? Discuss fully.

3. Still only the wealthy can see the natural changes in light as night flows into day and vice versa, that means many Earth people have never seen the real sky. What do you think life would be like in such a place?

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

In "Introduction to a Family," we learn a little about Lije and Jesse's relationship and how they function as a family with their son, Bentley. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast Lije's family with your own.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the relationship between Lije and Jesse. Are their given names (Elijah and Jezebel) perhaps symbolic of their relationship in some way?

3. Do you think the family structure observed in THE CAVES OF STEEL is as strong as that in the general American population?

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