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 are programmed into every robot?

2. Where is the victim's body?

3. What encases the people on Earth?

4. In what state does Gladia find her husband?

5. What is important to the inhabitants of Solaria?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Elijah's attitude towards robots and what is the exception?

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

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

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

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

6. Why does Daneel believe Gladia is naked while first "viewing" with Elijah?

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

8. What happens to Gruer while Elijah is communicating with him and what does Elijah do?

9. Describe Elijah Baley.

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

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

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?

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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