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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. Wili's sickness causes what to fall out easily?
2. At the tournament, who does Wili note has not been taken by the Authority?
3. Where does Allison think their aircraft crashed?
4. What happens to Angus during the Authority's attempt to capture the crash survivors?
5. What does Paul disguise himself as when he leaves the Kaladze area?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Paul decide to embobble himself?
2. What is the relationship between the Tinkers and the Authority?
3. How does Wili manipulate Della and Mike while they are at the demonstration of the power generator?
4. How does Avery lose control over the situation early in the battle with the Tinkers?
5. How is Wili able to move safely through the dangerous neighborhoods around the embobbled tenement building?
6. What is Paul's opinion about the bobbles?
7. What is Paul's home like?
8. How does Mike betray Della?
9. Describe the symptoms of the illness that overcomes Wili during the first winter he spends with Paul.
10. What happens to Jeremy as he, Wili, and Mike attempt to escape from the bioscience lab?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The events after the chess tournament and at the tenement house spark the final conflict between the Tinkers and the Authority, exacerbating a disagreement that could have smoldered for a long time or fizzled into nothing.
1) Explain the Authority's motivations for intervening at the chess tournament. What were their long and short term goals in this action, and what consequences did they anticipate or fail to anticipate?
2) Discuss Wili's insistence on aiding those trapped at the tenement house. Explain his plan to help them and why he is willing and able to follow through on this dangerous plan.
3) Describe how the events surrounding the chess tournament hostages escalate the conflict between the Tinkers and the Authority.
4) Cite evidence from the novel to explain how the plot may have progressed differently had either Wili or the Authority acted differently at either of these junctions.
Essay Topic 3
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.
This section contains 3,162 words
(approx. 11 pages at 300 words per page)