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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. Where does Allison think their aircraft crashed?
2. What is Della Lu's specialization?
3. What does Della threaten Mike with, should he fail to cooperate with her?
4. What does Paul shoot Wili Wachendon with?
5. Jill, the being that Wili initially took for a ghost, is really what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Paul's physical and personality characteristics.
2. How and why does Della manipulate Mike?
3. What is the Authority's plan for the Tinkers?
4. According to the bioscientists, what is the nature of and cure for Wili's disease?
5. Describe the symptoms of the illness that overcomes Wili during the first winter he spends with Paul.
6. What is Wili's plan when he arrives at Paul's home?
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. What is Paul's opinion about the bobbles?
10. Who was Sylvester, and what did he do for Wili?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
The Tinkers are a wide spread and loosely organized group that reveres Paul and his work. Although they suffer a significant blow during the events after the chess tournament, their actions as a group drive the plot of the second half of the novel.
1) Describe the Tinkers as a group, their organization, resources, philosophy, and goals.
2) Describe the relationship between the Authority and the Tinkers and discuss the reasons this relationship becomes stressed to the point of war.
3) Discuss some of the major aids that the Tinkers are able to provide to the average people of this setting, and describe the general attitude of those people towards the Tinkers.
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