A Canticle for Leibowitz

by Walter M. Miller Jr.

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Questions and Answers: Part 2 (Fiat Lux), Chapters 12-13

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Study Questions
1. Why doesn’t Taddeo want to journey to the abbey?

2. Why does Claret go to New Rome?

3. Why was Taddeo raised in the monastery?

4. Why is Apollo able to write so freely in his letter to the abbey?

5. How did Poet win his goat?

1. Taddeo doesn’t want to journey to the abbey because it’s a dangerous and long trip. The trip would involve journeying through land controlled by Mad Bear’s tribes, who are hostile to the Texarkana empire.

2. Claret goes to New Rome to deliver Apollo’s analysis of the situation with Hannegan II to the Pope. He must deliver the analysis personally because if it was put in writing and intercepted by Texarkana officials, Claret would be killed.

3. Taddeo was raised in the monastery because the duke’s wife demanded that his son be taken away. The wife was jealous because she had not given birth to a son.

4. Apollo is able to write so freely in his letter to the abbey because Hannegan II is illiterate.

5. Poet won his goat by beating Benjamin in a game of mumbly-peg.

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