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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. In what does Lije try to intervene?

2. Who is R. Daneel Olivaw?

3. What must Lije leave behind at the guard station?

4. What shocks Lije?

5. In what field did Roj Nemennuh Sarton specialize?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does THE CAVES OF STEEL reach its climax and subsequent denouement?

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

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

4. How does a section kitchen work and what is the implication of such a setup?

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

6. Do you think Lije and Enderby's relationship has changed and how so?

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

8. How do you think Lije feels about bringing home a robot who is his professional partner?

9. Do you think Clousarr is an evil character?

10. Compare the relationship of Enderby and Lije with that of Lije and Daneel at the conclusion of the novel.

Essay 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

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 3

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?

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