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Childhood's End Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

"Childhood's End" was written by Arthur C. Clarke well before mankind actually began space exploration. Imagine that Clarke were writing the book in 2009. Describe what differences might be found in the plot of the book, what impact current technology might have in the writing of the book, and how the current world condition might impact the book. Select pivotal plot points from the book and describe how those points might be different should the book have been written this year.

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.

One goal of the Overlords is the establishment of a World Federation. Compare and contrast the concept of a World Federation to our current system of self-governing nations. Taking a look at both sides of the argument, choose which ideology seems the most reasonable, and justify that ideology. Explain whether or not insurrection against an established ideology is justified or not, using the Freedom League's opposition to the Overlords as a starting point.

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