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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 do Paul and the others leave behind for their pursuers?
2. How many nuclear bombs does the Peace Authority believe it controls?
3. What does Paul try to convince Jeremy's grandfather of?
4. Wili's sickness causes him to constantly experience what?
5. What aspect of bobbles contributes to the artificial ecosystem around them?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the Authority's plan for the Tinkers?
2. How does Wili perform at the chess tournament, and what disadvantage does he face?
3. What is the Santa Yrez Police Company, and why are they present at the Old California Shopping Center?
4. What types of advanced technology does Paul introduce to Wili?
5. What does Red Arrow Industries produce?
6. How do Paul's and Mile's assessments of Wili's illness differ?
7. What is the relationship between the Tinkers and the Authority?
8. What is Paul's opinion about the bobbles?
9. What traits do Wili and Paul share?
10. How did Wili's parent's react when they discovered his illness?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The events that led to the unusual state of raffias are only discussed tangentially and only become clear in the final chapters of the story. The rise of the Authority rapidly and dramatically altered the political landscape of the world.
1) Explain how the bobbles were discovered and first created. What involvement did Paul and the progenitors of the Authority have in these discoveries?
2) Describe how the Authority came to power and how it was able to subdue major military powers such as the United States?
3) Using evidence from the book, speculate as to how the setting could have evolved differently had some minor factors been altered slightly.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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