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 is the approximate population of Solaria?

2. Who is Hannis Gruer?

3. How long has it been since Gladia's husband has "seen" anyone besides herself?

4. What part of the robot that Baley wants to examine is damaged?

5. What does Gruer say about the Solarian's knowledge of humans?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Gruer tell Elijah about the murder case?

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

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

8. Describe Elijah Baley.

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

10. Where is Elijah Baley at the opening of the novel and about what is he thinking?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of isolation in The Naked Sun. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with isolation? Why? What are some symbols of isolation? What characters seem to enjoy isolation? Which ones might abhor being isolated?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of justcie in The Naked Sun. Is justice served? What do you think would have happened to Leebig had he not killed himself? Is the idea of justice even applicable to robots?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of family. Compare/contrast how the people of Solaria view family ties to that of Elijah's earth or your own culture. Which is most like your own view of family ties?

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think the The Naked Sun is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or technology that is not a part of the "real" world. In the case of The Naked Sun, though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the world of Solaria that are either not a part of the language of 2010 or mean something different. Define the words as used in Solaria and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

2. Are there words used in The Naked Sun that are completely new to you? What? How do you learn their meanings?

3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of Solaria. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in The Naked Sun? What word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understand from The Naked Sun? Which ones?

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