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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 date was printed on the tombstone Angus saw at the crash site?
2. What did the group that Jeremy's grandfather was a part of come to deal with?
3. What does Paul try to convince Jeremy's grandfather of?
4. What is the outcome of the match between Wili and Della Lu?
5. How do Allison and Angus react when they see planes flying near their crash site?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are Paul's reasons for accepting Wili as an apprentice?
2. At the Peace Authority, what causes are discussed for the collapse of the bobble near Greater Tucson?
3. According to the bioscientists, what is the nature of and cure for Wili's disease?
4. Why does Mike contact Della, and what information is exchanged?
5. What is the relationship between the Tinkers and the Authority?
6. How does Avery lose control over the situation early in the battle with the Tinkers?
7. How do Wili's abilities compare to Paul's?
8. Explain the factors that contributed to Wili's decision to stay with Paul.
9. What fears do Mike and Allison express when the group returns to Paul's home?
10. Which group does Mike betray by taking Wili to the bioscientists?
Essay Topic 1
Paul is consumed by guilt and regrets, and despite his personal strength, he begins to succumb to the pressures of things he believes he is responsible for, and the ways in which he has failed those around him.
1) Discuss Paul's attitude towards the bobbles. Are his protests against them genuine, or are they reactions to other deep-seated feelings that he may be harboring?
2) Describe how and why Paul feels guilty about losing Allison, and how he reacts when she is freed from her bobble. How do these events weight on Paul?
3) Explain Paul's decline as a leader and explain how it is related to the stresses he experiences from his guilts and regrets.
Essay Topic 2
Wili experiences the most growth of any character over the course of the novel. Although he begins as an orphaned and miscreant youth, he becomes an important leader within the Tinkers and possibly the most influential thinker in the world.
1) Discuss Wili as a character at the time that he enters the story. What is his background and what are his character traits? Explain how he uses his considerably intellect at this time.
2) Describe the causes of Wili's reform as a moral person. Explain what initiates this change and discuss some examples of Wili's superior moral standing from events in the later parts of the novel.
3) Explain Wili's growth as an intellectual thinker and leader. Identify the point where he surpasses and takes over for Paul, and how and why he becomes recognized by others in the Tinker movement as an important leader.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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