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. Where does Jan Rodricks meet Professor Sullivan?

2. What type of books does Rupert Boyce collect?

3. What is the name of the Pacific island that is the shuttle launch site?

4. What does Jan Rodricks' mother do?

5. What happens when the spectators first see Karellen?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Rupert Boyce explain the presence of an Overlord, Rashaverak, at his party?

3. How is Rikki Stormgren freed from the group that has kidnapped him?

4. What is so shocking about the Overlords' appearance as revealed in Chapter 5?

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

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

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

8. What does the use of machines do to Earth culture after the Overlords establish Utopia?

9. What does Jan Rodricks ask Professor Sullivan to help him do, and what is Sullivan's response?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Karellen and the Overlords have a definite plan when it comes to the establishment of a Utopian state. In light of the entire novel, discuss why the Overlords have a compulsion to reform Earth's society. Consider the conditions ushered in by the Overlords - transforming Earth into Utopia. Explain why most humans are willing to embrace this new state. Compare and contrast the Overlords' tactful use of power vs. the use of brute force. Describe which method you feel was most appropriate for humanity in the book, assuming that the Overlords could have chosen to use force.

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

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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