This exercise is worth 10 quiz points. I will also assign extra-credit points to the two best paraphrase/quotations of each passage.
Part of the genius of Wild Seed is that there are no antecedents for it in the science-fiction genre. Moreover, it grandly merges meanings traditionally represented in the Faust myth, vampire lore, and the Greek and Hebraic genesis stories. Doro is Faust and vampire, voracious in his appetite for existence. His life is a progression of murders of the humans whose bodies become the hosts for his spirit. Anyanwu is an Earth Mother, strong enough to bear a species and even sometimes to protect her children from infanticide by Doro. Wild Seed, furthermore, is the touchstone work for Butler’s nonpatternist novels. It connects the optimism of the extraterrestrial gene trading of her Xenogenesis trilogy (1989), the “seed” implied in the title of her Parable of the Sower (1993), and the fictional slave narrative of her brilliant Kindred (1979).
--Pfeiffer, John R. "The Patternist Series." Magill’s Guide To Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature, 1996.
Wild Seed is a tale of conflict and resolution stretching across a century and a half, from 1690 to 1840. it is warm, involving, sympathetic. And I am recommending it...as a potential Nebula winner. It's that good. Immortality is a difficult theme to handle effectively, for long life must have its effects on personality, effects too few writers seem to be able to sense. An immortal must, Butler says, acquire either Anyanwu's wisdom and sympathy or Doro's coldness, callousness, canniness of survival. They are opposites in many ways, but elements of both are necessary for a truly successful immortal, and their blending might well occur as Butler paints it...Butler's story, for all that it is fiction, rings true as only the best stories can.
--Easton, Tom. "Review of Wild Seed." in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact 150.1 (5 Jan. 1981): 168. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Daniel G. Marowski and Roger Matuz. Vol. 38. Detroit: Gale, 1986.