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 has happened to the countries of Earth?

2. How is the leader of the extremist group described?

3. What message does Karellen give Pieter Van Ryberg after Van Ryberg shares information about Rikki Stormgren's abduction?

4. Why do some humans still work?

5. Whom does Karellen meet with in his office in Chapter 9?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the role of the American scientist Reinhold Hoffmann?

6. How is Rikki Stormgren freed from the group that has kidnapped him?

7. Who is Pieter Van Ryberg, and what does he do after Rikki Stormgren's disappearance?

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

9. What does Alexander Wainwright believe the Overlords are waiting for before revealing themselves?

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

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

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 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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