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. Why are some people still unsatisfied with Utopia?

2. What is Alexander Wainwright's chief issue with the occupation by the alien invaders?

3. What is the name of the boat sighted off the shore of the Pacific island launch site?

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

5. What possibility do Jan Rodricks and Rupert Boyce discuss in Chapter 11?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are some of the adjustments the Overlords have to make to adapt to being on Earth?

4. Why are newspapers virtually obsolete in 2050?

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

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

7. Who is Alexander Wainwright, and what is his role?

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

9. Who is Grigorievitch, and what expectations does he have of Konrad Schneider?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Jan Rodricks decides to hide himself in a whale display that will be loaded on board the Overlords' ship and transported to their planet. Discuss the price he has to pay relative to friends and loved ones by going through with his plot. Was it "worth it"? Explain. Rodricks also refers to the story of Jonah and the whale, another one of several biblical references in the novel. Discuss what parallels to the biblical account he sees in his own life.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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