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 is the first thing the spectators experience after a spaceship lands?

2. What does Rupert Boyce say Professor Sullivan will do?

3. What is true about Earth in the 21st century?

4. What does Jan Rodricks examine at Rupert Boyce's home?

5. What does Jan Rodricks' mother do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens during Rikki Stormgren's meeting with Karellen in Chapter 4?

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

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

5. Why are newspapers virtually obsolete in 2050?

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

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

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

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

10. Who is Karellen, and what does he state is his intention for occupying Earth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Jan Rodricks decides to hide himself in a whale display that will be loaded on board the Overlords' ship and transported to their planet. Discuss the price he has to pay relative to friends and loved ones by going through with his plot. Was it "worth it"? Explain. Rodricks also refers to the story of Jonah and the whale, another one of several biblical references in the novel. Discuss what parallels to the biblical account he sees in his own life.

Essay Topic 3

New Athens is introduced as another backdrop for events in the novel, and Ben Salomon is identified as the colony's founder. Contrast the differences in New Athens and the rest of the Utopian society. Discuss Salomon's rationale in founding New Athens. Note and emphasize his desire for it to be an artists' colony and his reasoning behind that decision. Another biblical reference is noted with Salomon and his comparison to Moses. Discuss the spiritual (but not necessarily religious) implications in Salomon's work.

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