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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 Angus say was unusual about the tombstone he saw at the crash site?
2. How many nuclear bombs does the Peace Authority believe it controls?
3. What devices do Paul and the others use to help protect them from their pursuers?
4. What does Wili intend to do when he leaves Paul's house?
5. What arcade game does Wiki Wachendon win repeatedly at the Old California Shopping Center?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the relationship between the Tinkers and the Authority?
2. Describe Paul's physical and personality characteristics.
3. Which group does Mike betray by taking Wili to the bioscientists?
4. How is Wili treated at Paul's house?
5. What is Paul's home like?
6. According to the bioscientists, what is the nature of and cure for Wili's disease?
7. How does Wili perform at the chess tournament, and what disadvantage does he face?
8. What types of advanced technology does Paul introduce to Wili?
9. Who was Sylvester, and what did he do for Wili?
10. How did Wili's parent's react when they discovered his illness?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Technology plays an important role throughout the novel. The Authority and the Tinkers have fundamental disagreements about how it should be pursued and employed, and these disagreements lead to the central conflict of the book.
1) Explain the Authority's position on technology and describe some of the technologies it has banned outright and those which it has reserved solely for itself.
2) Describe how the Tinkers interact with technology and how they are able to make significant advances despite their limitations.
3) Discuss the impact that these two competing forces have on the average people in this setting. What technologies are available, and how are they controlled or acquired?
4) Explain why the Authority and the Tinkers come into direct conflict over the issue of technology and how their disagreements shape the overall plot of the novel.
Essay Topic 2
The bioscientists are a group not unlike the Tinkers in their pursuit of knowledge. However, the Authority took issue with them some time before the beginning of the novel, and they have been forced to live underground, sometimes in a literal sense.
1) Describe the bioscientists as an organization, their structure, goals, and capabilities.
2) Discuss the reasons the Authority had for deciding to act against the bioscientists. How were these reasons similar to or different from those that cause them to act against the Tinkers?
3) Compare and contrast the bioscientists and the Tinkers in terms of their respective pursuits of knowledge.
4) The Authority blames the widespread plagues on the bioscientists. Write an assessment of this accusation, using evidence from the book.
Essay Topic 3
Mike is torn in multiple directions throughout the novel, and ends up betraying those who trusted him multiple times. In the end, he is unable to live with the consequences of his actions, and has himself embobbled to avoid the scorn of those he has wronged.
1) Discuss Mike's personality traits and background, and how these characteristics affect his loyalty and moral bearing.
2) Describe the reasons that Mike had for working with the Authority to betray the bioscientists. How did Mike feel about this betrayal?
3) Discuss Mike's relationship with and eventual betrayal of Della. What conflicting feelings does Mike experience during this relationship?
4) Explain Mike's perception of himself, and how it changes throughout the course of the novel, eventually causing him to have himself embobbled.
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