The Naked Sun Test | Final 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 Gladia want with her husband that he thinks is wrong?

2. What does Gladia believe about marriage?

3. Who does Leebig say constantly fought?

4. Why will Daneel not allow Baley to leave the estate?

5. What does Gladia do when Baley responses to her statement about Gruer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the incident with the arrow that is shot at Baley.

2. Describe the conversation between Elijah and Gladia about Gruer's poisoning.

3. How does Leebig react to Baley calling him?

4. How does Elijah trick R. Daneel so Elijah can go off by himself to do his investigating?

5. What does Leebig say about the first law of robotics?

6. How does Klorissa feel about her job at the fetal farm?

7. What does Anselmo suddenly do as Baley is speaking with him?

8. Describe R. Daneel Steel.

9. How does Gladia respond to seeing Baley in person and what does she tell him?

10. What does Leebig say about the Delmarres?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of The Naked Sun, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in The Naked Sun (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not? Could any of the subplots be developed into a major plot?

Essay Topic 2

Lije questions why robots need to appear in the form of human likeness, why not another machine? He also wonders why the authorities are wanting those on Solaria to think R. Daneel is a human being. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think the human form is the most generalized form in all of nature? Why or why not?

2. Do you think the human form is more economical and efficient for robots? Why or why not.

3. Even if the human form is more economical and efficient, why do you think R. Daneel is anatomically correct, even to his genitalia? Does that amount of exactitude serve a purpose? What would that be?

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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