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. Where does Rupert Boyce live?

2. What is the first thing the spectators experience after a spaceship lands?

3. Why is the leader of the extremist group resentful?

4. In Chapter 1, the United States and Russia are in a race to be the first to do what?

5. In what year does Chapter 1 take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is so shocking about the Overlords' appearance as revealed in Chapter 5?

3. What is the relationship between Reinhold Hoffmann and the Russian scientist Konrad Schneider?

4. What are Rashaverak's feelings about Rupert Boyce as he relates them to Karellen?

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

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

7. Why are newspapers virtually obsolete in 2050?

8. What frustrations does Jan Rodricks voice to his sister, Maia? Explain how he plans to deal with those frustrations.

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

10. Who is Grigorievitch, and what expectations does he have of Konrad Schneider?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One goal of the Overlords is the establishment of a World Federation. Compare and contrast the concept of a World Federation to our current system of self-governing nations. Taking a look at both sides of the argument, choose which ideology seems the most reasonable, and justify that ideology. Explain whether or not insurrection against an established ideology is justified or not, using the Freedom League's opposition to the Overlords as a starting point.

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

Karellen and the Overlords have a definite plan when it comes to the establishment of a Utopian state. In light of the entire novel, discuss why the Overlords have a compulsion to reform Earth's society. Consider the conditions ushered in by the Overlords - transforming Earth into Utopia. Explain why most humans are willing to embrace this new state. Compare and contrast the Overlords' tactful use of power vs. the use of brute force. Describe which method you feel was most appropriate for humanity in the book, assuming that the Overlords could have chosen to use force.

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