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 group is reserved for the most important people on Earth?

2. In what city does Chapter 2 begin?

3. What happens to those invited on board the alien ship?

4. What did Jan Rodricks' father do?

5. What will happen on Earth while Jan Rodricks travels to the alien planet?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jan Rodricks learn from his research in star catalogs, and what is the significance of his discovery?

2. What does Alexander Wainwright believe the Overlords are waiting for before revealing themselves?

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

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

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

6. What is the role of the American scientist Reinhold Hoffmann?

7. Why are professional sports almost obsolete in 2050?

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

9. How are George Greggson and Jean Morrel introduced in Chapter 7?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The last few chapters of "Childhood's End" are tinged with definite melancholy and a sense of loss. Discuss George Greggson and Jean Morrel's feelings as their two children seem to be slipping away. Discuss if this is akin to the grief someone would feel at the death of a loved one. Compare the sense of loss they feel with the emotions Karellen seems to be developing toward the end of the story. Are the two children really "lost"? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the course of the book, after the establishment of Utopia, more and more people become disenchanted with that lifestyle. Three pivotal characters - Rupert Boyce, George Greggson and Jan Rodricks - are introduced in Chapter 7. Compare and contrast these three men, especially in light of their diverse attitudes toward the Utopian lifestyle.

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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