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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 is Della Lu's specialization?
2. The people who gather at the Old California Shopping Center refer to themselves as what?
3. What does Wili lack that most of the other chess players have?
4. What is the entrance to the bioscience lab disguised as?
5. What item does Angus pick up as he recovers from the crash?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Red Arrow Industries produce?
2. How does Paul help Allison escape from the Authority?
3. How does Wili perform at the chess tournament, and what disadvantage does he face?
4. What is unusual about the guests Paul receives at his house?
5. Who was Sylvester, and what did he do for Wili?
6. What happens to Jeremy as he, Wili, and Mike attempt to escape from the bioscience lab?
7. What are Paul's reasons for accepting Wili as an apprentice?
8. Why does Paul not accompany Wili to the chess tournament?
9. What is the Authority's plan for the Tinkers?
10. What is Paul's opinion about the bobbles?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
The Authority is a world-spanning organization that maintains control over most of the globe through aggressive use of the bobbles, which it has exclusive access to. Although it ostensibly exists to maintain peace throughout the world, it also causes a considerable amount of human suffering and carries out various immoral acts.
1) Discuss what the Authority is, and how it came to power. Explain its organization, goals, and resources.
2) Describe the ways the Authority harms humanity through its restrictions on technology and its aggressive maintenance of the peace.
3) Explain how the Authority is able to maintain public support for its rule, despite its despotic activities and harsh restrictions.
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