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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. Allison and Angus realize that which of the following is likely to draw attention?

2. What is Paul's assessment of Wili's intellectual progress?

3. What does Wili call Paul's home?

4. What does Irma force Wili to do as he settles into Paul's household?

5. Where does Allison think their aircraft crashed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which group does Mike betray by taking Wili to the bioscientists?

2. At the Peace Authority, what causes are discussed for the collapse of the bobble near Greater Tucson?

3. What is the Santa Yrez Police Company, and why are they present at the Old California Shopping Center?

4. What is unusual about the guests Paul receives at his house?

5. What is Paul's home like?

6. What is Paul's opinion about the bobbles?

7. What types of advanced technology does Paul introduce to Wili?

8. Describe the symptoms of the illness that overcomes Wili during the first winter he spends with Paul.

9. How and why did the Red Arrow Battalion settle in America?

10. What is Wili's plan when he arrives at Paul's home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jill is a computer program created by Paul for both practical and sentimental reasons. At the height of the final battle between the Tinkers and the Authority, she allows Wili to escape while sentencing herself to almost certain capture and destruction.

1) Discuss the reasons Paul had for creating Jill. Describe her sentimental importance to Paul, and the functional role she fulfills.

2) Explain some of the behaviors Jill exhibits which suggest she has become more than a simple program. Additionally, discuss the reactions other characters have to these behaviors.

3) After Jill sends Wili away to complete the embobbling program herself, the other characters discuss whether or not she was fully sentient and whether her actions constituted a sacrifice. Cite evidence from the book and speculate as to whether Jill was independently intelligent, whether she had real emotions, and whether her destruction constitutes a real sacrifice.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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