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How does the Old Jew, Benjamin, fit into the novel? Is his claim of extraordinary longevity plausible?

How does the one-eyed Poet figure in the novel?

Given the stringency of the process of canonization in St. Leibowitz's case, how would you explain the uncertainty of sainthood for Francis and the Poet?

Is Benjamin correct in condemning the Order's involvement in preserving the legacy of the old world rather than concentrating on prayer?

Pick an animal -- buzzards, lizards, wolves, or sharks. Discuss their role in the novel, and how they provide continuity over centuries.

How is race handled in the novel?

How are the Judeo-Christian scriptures used in the novel? Identify a particular allusion and discuss its setting and theme.

How do the liturgical rites of the pre-Vatican II Catholic Church figure in the novel?

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