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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 Mike tell Wili to do in his last match?
2. Interest in which of the following convince Wili to stay at Paul's house?
3. What does Wili lack that most of the other chess players have?
4. What does Angus go in search of after the crash?
5. What branch of the armed services is Allison Parker a part of?
Short Essay Questions
1. How and why does Della manipulate Mike?
2. At the Peace Authority, what causes are discussed for the collapse of the bobble near Greater Tucson?
3. How do Paul's and Mile's assessments of Wili's illness differ?
4. What types of advanced technology does Paul introduce to Wili?
5. Who was Sylvester, and what did he do for Wili?
6. How does Paul help Allison escape from the Authority?
7. How did Wili's parent's react when they discovered his illness?
8. How and why did the Red Arrow Battalion settle in America?
9. According to the bioscientists, what is the nature of and cure for Wili's disease?
10. What discovery causes the Authority to become more suspicious about the Tinkers?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
At the end of the novel, the world has been totally destabilized by the destruction of the Authority as a cohesive organization. Although Paul, Wili, and the others have accomplished what they set out to do, they express concerns about what effects their actions will have on the world at large.
1) Discuss the major events that occur at the end of the novel which will have a major impact on the stability of the world. Describe the causes of these events and how closely they conformed to Paul's plans.
2) Describe the major political and military powers that exist outside of the Authority, and how they are likely to react to the power vacuum created by the bobbling of the Authority enclave.
3) Speculate, using information from the book, about how the characters remaining at the end of the novel will act to stabilize the world.
4) Based on the situation and the possibilities you have discussed so far, make an assessment as to whether or not Paul and the Tinkers were justified in their plan of action against the Authority.
Essay Topic 2
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.
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.
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