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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Hackworth and Fiona find a group called the "Reformed Distributed Republic" based on information obtained in what way?
(a) From an encoded message in Fiona's Primer.
(b) From a fortune cookie.
(c) From a mediatron.
(d) From a messenger of Dr. X.

2. What does Hackworth realize after watching a theatrical performance on a barge?
(a) Dr. X is the Alchemist.
(b) Fiona should return home to her mother.
(c) Hackworth is the Alchemist.
(d) Hackworth should return home to Gwendolyn.

3. Early in Part Two of the novel, who does Miranda wish to find?
(a) Her "daughter," Nell.
(b) Dr. X.
(c) Hackworth.
(d) Her "sister," Nell.

4. What, according to Dr. X, caused the destruction of Chinese society prior to the time of this novel?
(a) Once rice came from matter compilers, the people had no need to plant.
(b) Once thought came from the Feed, the people had no need to think.
(c) Once fabric came from matter compilers, the people had no need to weave.
(d) Once rice came from the Seed, the people had no need to plant.

5. Sitting in a teahouse, what does Carl Hollywood realize the Drummers are using to decipher codes?
(a) Sexual rituals to help them discover large prime numbers.
(b) Rituals to help them discover programming errors.
(c) Infinite numbers to help them discover programming errors.
(d) Programs to help them perform sexual rituals.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Miranda and Carl Hollywood meet in a restaurant, what do they discuss?

2. When Hackworth awakens from his dream state, what sort of dreams does he recall?

3. What is the name of Rita's horse?

4. When Nell leaves the Academy, into what area does she travel?

5. Who rescues Carl Hollywood from the Fist of Righteous Harmony?

Short Essay Questions

1. Part Two of the novel opens with what sort of bizarre ritual?

2. In "Carl Hollywood Returns to Shanghai," what is the significance of his efforts to connect Miranda to the other information he has gathered?

3. In "Nell Goes to Madame Ping's Theatre," what brings Nell to the conclusion that the wall between reality and fiction is fragile?

4. In "General Description of Life with the Constable," why does Constable Moore relive his past experiences through mediatrons?

5. In "From the Primer, Princess Nell Crosses the Trail of the Enigmatic Mouse Army," when grown-up Nell visits her ailing brother, Harv, what message does he share with her?

6. In "The Hackworths in Transit, and in London," what surreal event do Hackworth and Fiona encounter on a barge, and how do their lives change as a result?

7. In "Hackworth Is Brought Up-to-Date by the Great Napier," what does Hackworth realize about the Drummers' activities?

8. In "Peculiar Practices in the Woods," what does Hackworth explain to his daughter regarding the activities of CryptNet?

9. In "Three Girls Go Exploring," what is Gwendolyn's emotional state when she learns that Hackworth is not in any danger?

10. In "Nell's Life at Dovetail," why is Nell not allowed to live with the other girls at Miss Matheson's Academy of the Three Graces?

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