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

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

3. What has revolutionized the Earth's economy?

4. Where is the alien ship located in Chapter 5?

5. What does George Greggson desire to do with Jean Morrel?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Karellen want two children to come inside the ship with him?

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

4. What does Alexander Wainwright believe the Overlords are waiting for before revealing themselves?

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

6. What group kidnaps Rikki Stormgren, and for what reason?

7. Why are newspapers virtually obsolete in 2050?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

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