The Caves of Steel Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 Francis Clousarr do?

2. Where does Lije think Daneel could hide a blaster?

3. What is the name of one of the men from the shoe store and kitchen incident?

4. How is Lije feeling at the opening of this chapter?

5. Who arrives 20 minutes late to meet with Lije and Daneel?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Lije call in Washington, D.C. and why does Lije call the man?

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

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

4. How does Dr. Gerrigel demonstrate the first law of robotics and at the same time prove once and for all R. Daneel's innocence?

5. When Daneel and Lije return to their apartment, what horrifies does Daneel do that horrifies Lije? Would you feel the same way

6. Do you think Clousarr is an evil character?

7. What is the explanation that Dr. Gerrigel offers for the physical appearance of robots. Does this explanation seem plausible to you?

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

9. What does Lije propose and how does Dr. Gerrigel refute Lije's theory?

10. How has Lije's knowledge of robotics grown enough that he is able to use that knowledge to get Daneel's cooperation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

We eventually learn that the Spacers set up Lije as an experiment to see if human beings could be made to live in peaceful co-existence with robots. They inject Lije with a drug that eventually makes Lije defend robots. Discuss the following:

1. Was it ethical to inject Lije without his permission?

2. If an Earthman has to be injected with a drug to make them accept robots, then how do you think the Spacers could pull off drugging all, or even a small portion of the 50 billion humans on Earth?

3. If there were a way to drug someone to gain his/her cooperation or to change their minds about something, do you think the government of the United States would use such a drug? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Dr. Fastolfe is currently one hundred and sixty three years old, and on Fastolfe's home planet, Aurora, the average life expectancy for a male is three hundred and fifty years. Discuss the following:

1. What would it be like to have a life expectancy of 350 years?

2. Could Earth sustain life if people lived that long?

3. Do you think if the life expectancy were that long, the birth rate would plummet?

4. How long would adolescence last if one lived to be 350 years old?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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