Childhood's End Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Karellen holding when he exits the spaceship , showing himself for the first time?

2. Why is the leader of the extremist group resentful?

3. In what year does Chapter 1 take place?

4. What common ailment or condition does Rikki Stormgren suffer from?

5. To whom does Jan Rodricks write a farewell letter?

Short Essay Questions

1. What game does Rupert Boyce play with his remaining guests, and why?

2. Who is Pieter Van Ryberg, and what does he do after Rikki Stormgren's disappearance?

3. What biblical story does Jan Rodricks refer to in his letter to his sister, and why is that significant?

4. What do Jan Rodricks and Rupert Boyce discuss while examining a stuffed elephant at Boyce's home, and why is Rodricks hesitant about telling Boyce the location of the Overlords' planet?

5. Why does Karellen want two children to come inside the ship with him?

6. What does Reinhold Hoffmann see in the night sky over the island of Taratura, and what does it imply?

7. How do the Overlords intimidate humans with a ruse?

8. Who is Rikki Stormgren, and what is his role?

9. Who is Alexander Wainwright, and what is his role?

10. What happens during Rikki Stormgren's meeting with Karellen in Chapter 4?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

New Athens is introduced as another backdrop for events in the novel, and Ben Salomon is identified as the colony's founder. Contrast the differences in New Athens and the rest of the Utopian society. Discuss Salomon's rationale in founding New Athens. Note and emphasize his desire for it to be an artists' colony and his reasoning behind that decision. Another biblical reference is noted with Salomon and his comparison to Moses. Discuss the spiritual (but not necessarily religious) implications in Salomon's work.

Essay Topic 2

Several times throughout the book, Clarke calls upon mythological imagery. Describe and discuss the role that mythology plays in the book. Why did Clarke use mythology in the fashion that he did? Is it used effectively? Does it detract from the overall impression of the story? Explain your answers in depth.

Essay Topic 3

George Greggson and Jan Rodricks seem to be kindred spirits. While they are alike in many ways, there are some significant differences, especially in how they respond to the Overlords' rule. Identify several differences and explain how they affect the outcome of their lives. Discuss how those differences are employed by Clarke to provide different perspectives for the reader.

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