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 does Karelllen do for Rikki Stormgren during their last meeting?

2. How many ships are actually present on or around Earth?

3. How is the leader of the extremist group described?

4. What is the global language of Earth?

5. What does Chapter 5 introduce?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the relationship between Reinhold Hoffmann and the Russian scientist Konrad Schneider?

3. What is so shocking about the Overlords' appearance as revealed in Chapter 5?

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

5. What does Jan Rodricks ask Professor Sullivan to help him do, and what is Sullivan's response?

6. What group kidnaps Rikki Stormgren, and for what reason?

7. What does the arrival of the Overlords do to religion?

8. Why are professional sports almost obsolete in 2050?

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

10. Why are the journalists and spectators waiting in anticipation at the beginning of Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Childhood's End" was written by Arthur C. Clarke well before mankind actually began space exploration. Imagine that Clarke were writing the book in 2009. Describe what differences might be found in the plot of the book, what impact current technology might have in the writing of the book, and how the current world condition might impact the book. Select pivotal plot points from the book and describe how those points might be different should the book have been written this year.

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

Throughout the book, Clarke drops subtle hints (and some not so subtle) of what is to come, employing the literary device of foreshadowing. Identify at least three major incidences of foreshadowing, in which an event in the book points toward its ultimate conclusion. With each event earlier in the book, cite the event that fulfills the foreshadowing that came earlier, and the plot elements that moved the story from the foreshadowing incident to the outcome.

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