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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. How is the leader of the extremist group described?

2. Where can the alien spacecraft be found in the second part of Chapter 2?

3. What happens when the spectators first see Karellen?

4. In what year does Chapter 1 take place?

5. What truth is revealed about the alien spaceships?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the response and mindset of the people of New Athens after the children are evacuated.

2. Who is Pierre Duval, and what is his significance in the story?

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

4. What happens at the council meeting between the leaders of New Athens and the Overlord "Inspector," Thanthalteresco? How does Thanthalteresco respond to Dr. Sen's comments?

5. Why are George Greggson and Jean Morrel spending more time with their children in Chapter 19?

6. What is Karellen's philosophy about world order that he shares with Rikki Stormgren?

7. Who is Pieter Van Ryberg, and what does he do after Rikki Stormgren's disappearance?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Overlords have clearly stated that the stars are not meant for man. In light of the whole novel, discuss whether or not the Overlords' statement is a valid one. Discuss, from the viewpoint of the Overlords, their rationale in wanting humans to remain earthbound.

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

Earth, as the characters in the novel know it, ends. In the story arc, identify when the end of mankind becomes inevitable. Discuss whether or not the novel could have ended any other way. Are George Greggson, Jean Morrel, and Jan Rodricks tragic figures, or are they heroes? Defend your answer. If Clarke had asked you to title his novel, would you have chosen "Childhood's End" or "Childhood's Beginning"? Explain your answer.

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