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. What will happen on Earth while Jan Rodricks travels to the alien planet?

3. What is the name of the colonel from Technical Intelligence?

4. What is Karellen known as?

5. Why are newspapers of little value?

Short Essay Questions

1. What game does Rupert Boyce play with his remaining guests, and why?

2. What frustrations does Jan Rodricks voice to his sister, Maia? Explain how he plans to deal with those frustrations.

3. Why are the journalists and spectators waiting in anticipation at the beginning of Chapter 5?

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

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

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

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

8. What do Jan Rodricks and Rupert Boyce discuss while examining a stuffed elephant at Boyce's home, and why is Rodricks hesitant about telling Boyce the location of the Overlords' planet?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The two scientists introduced in "Childhood's End" are only seen in Chapter 1. Compare and contrast Reinhold Hoffmann and Konrad Schneider, and describe the function these two characters play in setting the stage for the novel. Discuss whether or not the work of these two characters impacts the rest of the novel in any fashion.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the course of the book, after the establishment of Utopia, more and more people become disenchanted with that lifestyle. Three pivotal characters - Rupert Boyce, George Greggson and Jan Rodricks - are introduced in Chapter 7. Compare and contrast these three men, especially in light of their diverse attitudes toward the Utopian lifestyle.

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