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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. How does Gladia respond to Baley's question?

2. Who is Albert Minnim?

3. Why does Baley think Gladia appears to Baley in the state she does?

4. About what does Baley think on the plane?

5. What does the robot record?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gladia ask Elijah about his and Daneel's proximity and what is Elijah's response?

2. Why do the authorities believe Gladia did not kill her husband and what does Gladia say when Elijah asks her if she did it?

3. What is Baley's response to his orders?

4. What does Gladia say about the murder of her husband?

5. How are the farming and mining areas set apart from other Earth space?

6. Who is the Undersecretary and what does he order Baley to do and why?

7. Explain the difference between "viewing" and "seeing" on Solaria.

8. What does Elijah want from the robot that witnesses Dr. Delmarr's death and where is the robot?

9. How do people on the Outer Worlds view Earthmen?

10. Describe Gladia Delmarre.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as The Naked Sun help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading The Naked Sun? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in The Naked Sun to discuss and compare Elijah's response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Solaria has a huge population of robots that outnumber human beings ten thousand to one; whereas the ration of human beings to robots on earth is much less, with human beings outnumbering robots.

1. Why do you think the people of Earth prefer human assistance?

2. How similar is their revolt to many people in our culture who complain about trying to call a company and getting a voice instructing them to push numbers?

3. Do you think there will be a time when robots do all the work for human beings? What do you think will be gained by that? What will be lost?

4. What are the advantages and disadvantages with the prolific use of robots on Solaria?

Essay Topic 3

The time this novel takes place about a millennium in the future. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think technology in "real life" will have advanced as far as it has in The Naked Sun in 1000 years? Do you think it will have advanced further? Explain thoroughly with examples.

2. What do you think are the difficulties of creating a setting far into the future? What are the advantages?

3. Many science fiction novels written in the early 20th century actually "predicts" some technology that is commonplace during the first decade of the 21st century. Research some early science fiction novels and discuss how much of the "pretend" technology is actually "real" now. How you think Napoleon Hill's belief that "what man can conceive and believe, man can achieve" can explain how technology in early science fiction is now a reality?

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