The Naked Sun Test | Mid-Book 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 Baley ask Gladia about Gruer?

2. What does Baley realize about the Solaria's inhabitant's attitude towards Olivaw?

3. What does Baley think of Gladia's explanation of the difference between viewing and seeing?

4. What encases the people on Earth?

5. Who is Albert Minnim?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Gladia tell Elijah about her relationship with her husband?

4. Describe Gladia Delmarre.

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

6. What shocks Baley about his first communication with Gladia, and how does she explain the situation? What is Elijah's response?

7. How do people on Solaria communicate and what are Baley's beliefs about how that will affect his investigation?

8. What does Daneel tell Elijah about Solaria, and what is Elijah's response?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of individualism is taken to the extreme in Solaria. Discuss the following:

1. Discuss and analyze three extreme examples of individualism in The Naked Sun.

2. What do you think are the psychological effects of the type of individualism on Solaria?

3. Discuss the positive aspects to life on Solaria as related to individualism.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

It is immediately apparent that there is a conflict between human beings and robots. Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of man versus robots. How is this theme explored through the plot? Why do you think Asimov explores this theme so deeply?

2. Discuss how you think robots would change our culture today if they started performing most of the service occupations.

3. Do you think the fears about robots in The Naked Sun is justified? Explain fully.

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