The Robots of Dawn Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Vasilia insist RIA will do?

2. What appears to offend Giskard?

3. What physical feature of Fastolfe amuses Baley?

4. What does Fastolfe suggest will doom humanity in the future?

5. What are Auroran robots able to handle better than Earth robots?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Baley miss completely about the robot Giskard?

2. What are the reasons Auroran Globalists reject Earth people as having any part in Galactic Expansion?

3. How is Fastolfe preventing the robot-only expansion of the galaxy?

4. How has Baley become famous throughout the Spacer universe?

5. Define what Baley thinks will be difficult for him back on Earth.

6. When Baley panics while using the device to view space from his cabin, what is unusual about the way he is rescued?

7. In what way did Fastolfe go against tradition to raise his daughter, Vasilia?

8. Why does Daneel think it necessary to stay near Baley other than to guard him?

9. Explain why Fastolfe hurls a large spicer at Baley.

10. How does Baley have to deal with Daneel in conversation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the subject, Surprise Endings in Novels and Films. Starting with the surprise ending that it was Giskard all along who disabled Jander, reference at least two other books or films you have read or seen that had surprise endings. Evaluate that convention in terms of literary importance.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the subject, The Communistic Nature of Aurora in THE ROBOTS OF DAWN. Include the following: (1) the idea that there are no "have nots" on Aurora, (2) the Auroran population control, and (3) the idea that jealousy does not exist on Aurora.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the subject, My Trip to Aurora. This is a fantasy piece for you to let your imagination loose and describe what you see and do on Aurora, how you interact with robots, and the illusions that make the planet beautiful.

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