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. In his farewell letter, what does Jan Rodricks express frustration about?

2. Where are George Greggson and Jean Morrel from?

3. What does Karellen give Rikki Stormgren after Stormgren's meeting with Pierre Duval?

4. In what city does Chapter 2 begin?

5. What is the global language of Earth?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Grigorievitch, and what expectations does he have of Konrad Schneider?

3. Why are professional sports almost obsolete in 2050?

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

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

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

7. List at least two facts about each of Jan Rodricks' parents. How have his parents influenced who he is?

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

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

10. Rikki Stormgren triggers an x-ray device on board the Overlords' ship. Why does Stormgren bring the device on board, and what does the x-ray reveal?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Religion vs. science is a dominant theme in "Childhood's End." Consider Karellen's desire not to be involved in spiritual matters. Explain why this is a standard he holds. Karellen donates an apparatus to the World History Foundation that shows footage of the past 5,000 years. In spite of the fact that he doesn't want to interfere in spiritual matters, the device dispels many religious views. Discuss and explain why Karellen chose to do this.

Essay Topic 3

The Overlords have clearly stated that the stars are not meant for man. In light of the whole novel, discuss whether or not the Overlords' statement is a valid one. Discuss, from the viewpoint of the Overlords, their rationale in wanting humans to remain earthbound.

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