A Canticle for Leibowitz

by Walter M. Miller Jr.

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Questions and Answers: Part 1 (Fiat Homo), Chapters 8-9

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Study Questions
1. Who replaces Horner as master of the copyroom?

2. Why does Aguerra ask Francis about his encounter with the pilgrim?

3. Why does Francis start working on his illumination of the blueprint again?

4. What is the reason for Flaught’s visit to the abbey?

5. Why does Francis go to the canonization of Leibowitz?

Answers
1. Jeris replaces Horner as master of the copyroom.

2. Aguerra asks Francis about his encounter with the pilgrim in order to learn how many of the stories about the encounter are really true. By doing this, Aguerra can ensure the accuracy of the case for canonizing Leibowitz.

3. Francis starts working on his illumination of the blueprint again because Aguerra praises his illumination and says he should finish it.

4. Flaught visits the abbey to examine the case for canonizing Leibowitz skeptically. He serves as the Church’s devil’s advocate, whose job it is to strip any falsehoods from the records about Leibowitz.

5. The abbey sends one of its representatives to the canonization of Leibowitz because Leibowitz founded the abbey’s order. Francis goes to the canonization of Leibowitz because Arkos and Prior should not make the trip, and in order to deliver the blueprint and his illuminated copy to the Pope.

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