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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 name of Rupert Boyce's new wife?

2. Where does Jan Rodricks attend school?

3. When Karellen ultimately speaks prior to his revealing himself for the first time, what does he ask for?

4. What has revolutionized the Earth's economy?

5. Where do Rikki Stormgren and Pierre Duval meet to discuss Stormgren's findings on board the alien ship?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. Explain the nature of Jeffrey Greggson's dreams as revealed in Chapter 18 and how the Overlords evaluate what is happening to him.

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

7. What is ironic about Jan Rodricks' return to Earth?

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

9. Why was New Athens founded, by whom, and what is its greatest artistic achievement?

10. What are George Greggson's thoughts on Jan Rodricks after he learns that Rodricks has stowed away on an Overlord ship? How does Greggson identify with Rodricks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several times throughout the book, Clarke calls upon mythological imagery. Describe and discuss the role that mythology plays in the book. Why did Clarke use mythology in the fashion that he did? Is it used effectively? Does it detract from the overall impression of the story? Explain your answers in depth.

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

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.

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