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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 is the leader of the extremist group described?

2. Where can the alien spacecraft be found in the second part of Chapter 2?

3. What happens when the spectators first see Karellen?

4. In what year does Chapter 1 take place?

5. What truth is revealed about the alien spaceships?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the response and mindset of the people of New Athens after the children are evacuated.

2. Who is Pierre Duval, and what is his significance in the story?

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

4. What happens at the council meeting between the leaders of New Athens and the Overlord "Inspector," Thanthalteresco? How does Thanthalteresco respond to Dr. Sen's comments?

5. Why are George Greggson and Jean Morrel spending more time with their children in Chapter 19?

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

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

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

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

10. Explain the nature of Jeffrey Greggson's dreams as revealed in Chapter 18 and how the Overlords evaluate what is happening to him.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

One easily identifiable image in our culture is that of Satan, with horns, hooves, wings, pointed tail, etc. Discuss the irony in Karellen's appearance as the devil to the historical role the devil has played in Western culture.

Essay Topic 3

The Overlord "inspector," Thanthalteresco, is sent to observe activities on New Athens. Thanthalteresco, along with Karellen and Rashaverak, become the central Overlord characters of the novel, each with distinctive roles. Compare and contrast the work and relationships of these three Overlords with humans, noting their unique roles. Thanthalteresco seems especially interested in George Greggson's son, Jeffrey. Describe the relationship, emphasizing its positive or negative aspects. Karellen's attitude toward humans seems to change over the course of the novel. Describe that attitude, and explain why it may have changed entirely during the arc of the story.

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