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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 the name of Rupert Boyce's new wife?

2. After the aliens have established their rule on Earth, what evidence is seen of their influence?

3. How does Karellen free Rikki Stormgren?

4. Who is the American scientist introduced in Chapter 1?

5. Where does Jan Rodricks meet Professor Sullivan?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. Why does Karellen want two children to come inside the ship with him?

9. What does Jan Rodricks observe after the Overlords depart and leave him as the last person on Earth, and what does he wonder about the Overlords and his role at the end?

10. How does Rupert Boyce explain the presence of an Overlord, Rashaverak, at his party?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The two scientists introduced in "Childhood's End" are only seen in Chapter 1. Compare and contrast Reinhold Hoffmann and Konrad Schneider, and describe the function these two characters play in setting the stage for the novel. Discuss whether or not the work of these two characters impacts the rest of the novel in any fashion.

Essay Topic 2

Karellen reveals himself in Chapter 5. He invites two children to join him on board his ship before he exits. Consider whether or not children have an inherent fear of the same things adults find frightening, or if fear is a learned response. Discuss the differences between what is frightening to a child and what is frightening to an adult. Describe Karellen's rationale in revealing himself in the fashion he does, based on what he has discerned about human nature.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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