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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. Where is Paul's house located?

2. What usual crop is often grown near bobbles?

3. Why does Paul pass out while trying to help Allison escape capture?

4. What does Mike think about Wili's illness?

5. It is believed that bobbles last for how long?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the relationship between the Tinkers and the Authority?

2. Which group does Mike betray by taking Wili to the bioscientists?

3. How do Paul's and Mile's assessments of Wili's illness differ?

4. What is Avery's attitude towards the Tinkers?

5. How does Wili perform at the chess tournament, and what disadvantage does he face?

6. How does Paul help Allison escape from the Authority?

7. What is Paul's opinion about the bobbles?

8. How is Wili treated at Paul's house?

9. At the Peace Authority, what causes are discussed for the collapse of the bobble near Greater Tucson?

10. According to the bioscientists, what is the nature of and cure for Wili's disease?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Della is a skilled operative and military leader for the Authority and initially appears willing to do anything to carry out her mission to capture Paul Hoehler. However, her sentiments change and more details about her personality are revealed; she eventually betrays the Authority in stop project Renaissance.

1) Describe Della's position within the Authority and make an assessment of her capabilities and loyalties.

2) Explain how Della uses Mike, and speculate as to whether or not Mike's morals affect her.

3) Discuss Della's progression as a character, particularly her distaste for killing, and her decision to betray the Authority. What are her reasons for this drastic action?

Essay Topic 2

The bobbles are a defining element of the setting, and all the major events of the novel and of the history leading up to it are shaped by them. They represent a kind of super-weapon, superseding nuclear weapons, and allowing the Peace Authority to control much of the world.

1) Explain what a bobble is, how it is created and destroyed, and what its characteristics are.

2) Describe some uses for bobbles that are seen in the novel.

3) Explain how the Authority is able to control most of the world through their use of bobbles.

4) Discuss the impact that Paul and Wili's rogue bobble-generator has on the world and its political balance.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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