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. In the case of dismantling R. Jander Panell, what term is finally applied?

2. What is Gladia's distinction in the house where Jander died?

3. What happens to Baley as he observes the ship's descent to Aurora?

4. What is the distinction of Aurora in Space?

5. Besides being ordered not to talk about Vasilia's separation from her father, what else can Giskard not discuss?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How, apparently, was the humaniform robot, R. Jander Panell, killed?

3. Even though Jander was in someone else's possession at the time of his death, why is Fastolfe a prime suspect?

4. What is the connection between Gladia and the house where Jander died?

5. How does the reunion of Baley and Fastolfe add to the suspense of the story?

6. Aside from assisting Baley, why is Daneel sent on this mission to bring the detective to Aurora?

7. Describe the impact on the weather as Baley goes about trying to prove Fastolfe's innocence.

8. What is the nature of the case Baley is called upon to solve on planet Aurora?

9. How is Baley treated on the Auroran spaceship?

10. Describe the political conflict going on on Aurora that possibly is the reason for trying to implicate Fastolfe in Jander's murder.

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, The Pros and Cons of Population Control. In the novel, Earth has become overcrowded with everyone living in domed cities. On Aurora, the population is carefully controlled to prevent overcrowding and keep down costs of supporting a large population. Analyze both sides presenting the good and the bad within each approach.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the subject, Science Fact and Fiction. Include in your essay examples of science fiction that have become reality today (e.g., Verne's Journey to the Moon). Mention the vast distances in space and the theoretical nature of such things as hyper-space. Conclude with your opinion whether many things in science fiction will become realities.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of at least two typed, double-spaced pages on the subject, Ecology and Domed Cities. In THE ROBOTS OF DAWN, the cities on Earth are all covered with domes presumably because the planet's Outside is contaminated and unsafe for human habitation. Your essay should include our current awareness of global warming with Domed Cities as metaphors for the need to reverse looming environmental disasters.

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