A Canticle for Leibowitz

by Walter M. Miller Jr.

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Questions and Answers: Part 1 (Fiat Homo), Chapters 2-3

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Study Questions
1. Why is Francis perplexed by the Fallout Survival Shelter sign?

2. What is the importance of the skull still having a gold tooth?

3. Who produced the circuit design?

4. Why does Cheroki tell Francis to go to the abbey?

5. What was Fingo carving in the carpenter’s shop?

Answers
1. Francis is perplexed by the Fallout Survival Shelter sign because he thinks Fallouts are monsters, and monsters don’t need food, water, or air. No accurate knowledge of what “fallout” actually was survived after the nuclear war. He is also perplexed because the sign is a triple appositive, or collection of three nouns modifying each other.

2. The skull still having a gold tooth shows that no one has invaded the shelter and stolen the tooth since it was sealed off from the outside world after the nuclear war.

3. I. E. Leibowitz produced the circuit design.

4. Cheroki tells Francis to go to the abbey because he isn’t in his right mind and needs to go to the abbey to recover from his fast-induced weakness.

5. Fingo was carving a statue of the Blessed Leibowitz in the carpenter’s shop.

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