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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. Who is the Assistant Commissioner for Nuclear Science of Russia?
2. In what year does Chapter 1 take place?
3. What does Karellen do to the extremists when Karellen helps Rikki Stormgren escape?
4. How does Earth's atmosphere affect the aliens?
5. Why do the invaders want to keep tabs on Jan Rodricks?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Reinhold Hoffmann see in the night sky over the island of Taratura, and what does it imply?
2. How does Rupert Boyce explain the presence of an Overlord, Rashaverak, at his party?
3. What is Karellen's philosophy about world order that he shares with Rikki Stormgren?
4. List at least two facts about each of Jan Rodricks' parents. How have his parents influenced who he is?
5. What does the arrival of the Overlords do to religion?
6. Why does Karellen want two children to come inside the ship with him?
7. What is so shocking about the Overlords' appearance as revealed in Chapter 5?
8. How is Rikki Stormgren freed from the group that has kidnapped him?
9. What are some of the adjustments the Overlords have to make to adapt to being on Earth?
10. What are Rashaverak's feelings about Rupert Boyce as he relates them to Karellen?
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 Overlord "inspector," Thanthalteresco, is sent to observe activities on New Athens. Thanthalteresco, along with Karellen and Rashaverak, become the central Overlord characters of the novel, each with distinctive roles. Compare and contrast the work and relationships of these three Overlords with humans, noting their unique roles. Thanthalteresco seems especially interested in George Greggson's son, Jeffrey. Describe the relationship, emphasizing its positive or negative aspects. Karellen's attitude toward humans seems to change over the course of the novel. Describe that attitude, and explain why it may have changed entirely during the arc of the story.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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