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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 is true about Earth in the 21st century?

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

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

4. What are the invaders known as?

5. Who is the scientist responsible for the Russian space launch?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. Who is Rikki Stormgren, and what is his role?

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

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

8. What are some of the adjustments the Overlords have to make to adapt to being on Earth?

9. Who are the Overlords, and where are they found at the beginning of Chapter 2?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Earth, as the characters in the novel know it, ends. In the story arc, identify when the end of mankind becomes inevitable. Discuss whether or not the novel could have ended any other way. Are George Greggson, Jean Morrel, and Jan Rodricks tragic figures, or are they heroes? Defend your answer. If Clarke had asked you to title his novel, would you have chosen "Childhood's End" or "Childhood's Beginning"? Explain your answer.

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