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 special day does Chapter 5 deal with?

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

3. Why is Jan Rodricks generally unsatisfied?

4. What does Chapter 5 introduce?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is Karellen's philosophy about world order that he shares with Rikki Stormgren?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Overmind is introduced. In the context of the novel, is the Overmind God? Explain your answer. Describe the relationship between the Overlords and the Overmind. Discuss whether or not Karellen's notion that the Overmind is protecting humanity from itself is a valid one, and why Karellen would hold that opinion.

Essay Topic 3

One goal of the Overlords is the establishment of a World Federation. Compare and contrast the concept of a World Federation to our current system of self-governing nations. Taking a look at both sides of the argument, choose which ideology seems the most reasonable, and justify that ideology. Explain whether or not insurrection against an established ideology is justified or not, using the Freedom League's opposition to the Overlords as a starting point.

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