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. How do the aliens deal with Earth's gravity?

2. In Chapter 1, the United States and Russia are in a race to be the first to do what?

3. What does Jan Rodricks' mother do?

4. What does Jan Rodricks see on the way to the ocean lab?

5. What are the invaders known as?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the difference between the Eastern media and Western media concerning the Overlords' rule?

6. What frustrations does Jan Rodricks voice to his sister, Maia? Explain how he plans to deal with those frustrations.

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

8. What are Rashaverak's feelings about Rupert Boyce as he relates them to Karellen?

9. What does the use of machines do to Earth culture after the Overlords establish Utopia?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Karellen and the Overlords have a definite plan when it comes to the establishment of a Utopian state. In light of the entire novel, discuss why the Overlords have a compulsion to reform Earth's society. Consider the conditions ushered in by the Overlords - transforming Earth into Utopia. Explain why most humans are willing to embrace this new state. Compare and contrast the Overlords' tactful use of power vs. the use of brute force. Describe which method you feel was most appropriate for humanity in the book, assuming that the Overlords could have chosen to use force.

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

Professor Sullivan has prepared a squid and whale display for the Overlords to take back to their home planet. Describe the symbolism suggested by the whale and the squid as it amplifies the plot of the novel. Discuss why the story of Jonah and the whale is of interest to Karellen. Identify any elements of foreshadowing in Karellen's knowledge of the biblical story.

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