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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 is Rikki Stormgren being held captive?

2. Why is Jan Rodricks generally unsatisfied?

3. What is the name of the colonel from Technical Intelligence?

4. What purpose do the alien ships on or around Earth serve?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why are people worldwide grieving after George Greggson and Jean Morrel's children begin to change?

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. In his radio address in Chapter 20, what does Karellen explain is his reason for occupying the planet?

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

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

10. What does the arrival of the Overlords do to religion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Throughout the book, Clarke drops subtle hints (and some not so subtle) of what is to come, employing the literary device of foreshadowing. Identify at least three major incidences of foreshadowing, in which an event in the book points toward its ultimate conclusion. With each event earlier in the book, cite the event that fulfills the foreshadowing that came earlier, and the plot elements that moved the story from the foreshadowing incident to the outcome.

Essay Topic 3

New Athens is introduced as another backdrop for events in the novel, and Ben Salomon is identified as the colony's founder. Contrast the differences in New Athens and the rest of the Utopian society. Discuss Salomon's rationale in founding New Athens. Note and emphasize his desire for it to be an artists' colony and his reasoning behind that decision. Another biblical reference is noted with Salomon and his comparison to Moses. Discuss the spiritual (but not necessarily religious) implications in Salomon's work.

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