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. How many ships are actually present on or around Earth?

2. What type of books does Rupert Boyce collect?

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

4. How does sunlight affect the aliens?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What do Jan Rodricks and Rupert Boyce discuss while examining a stuffed elephant at Boyce's home, and why is Rodricks hesitant about telling Boyce the location of the Overlords' planet?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the course of the book, after the establishment of Utopia, more and more people become disenchanted with that lifestyle. Three pivotal characters - Rupert Boyce, George Greggson and Jan Rodricks - are introduced in Chapter 7. Compare and contrast these three men, especially in light of their diverse attitudes toward the Utopian lifestyle.

Essay Topic 2

George Greggson and Jan Rodricks seem to be kindred spirits. While they are alike in many ways, there are some significant differences, especially in how they respond to the Overlords' rule. Identify several differences and explain how they affect the outcome of their lives. Discuss how those differences are employed by Clarke to provide different perspectives for the reader.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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