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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. Why do the aliens find Jean Morrel valuable?

2. What game does Jan Rodricks play with the guests at the party?

3. What is the result of people working less?

4. Who is the scientist responsible for the Russian space launch?

5. What truth is revealed about the alien spaceships?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Rikki Stormgren triggers an x-ray device on board the Overlords' ship. Why does Stormgren bring the device on board, and what does the x-ray reveal?

4. Who are the Overlords, and where are they found at the beginning of Chapter 2?

5. What does Jan Rodricks learn from his research in star catalogs, and what is the significance of his discovery?

6. How are George Greggson and Jean Morrel introduced in Chapter 7?

7. What does Reinhold Hoffmann see in the night sky over the island of Taratura, and what does it imply?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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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