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. How many other humans are in the house when the murder occurs?

2. What does Gladia do when she finds her husband?

3. What happens to Gruer as he is talking with Baley?

4. With what does Olivaw believe Earth inhabitants have problems?

5. What does Baley ask Gladia about Gruer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Elijah Baley.

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

3. How is the Earth encased, and how does that make Elijah feel?

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

5. Describe Gladia Delmarre.

6. Discuss the laws of robotics.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss The Naked Sun based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if The Naked Sun is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that The Naked falls within the science fiction genre changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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