Childhood's End Test | Final 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 is unique about Karellen's planet?

2. Which invader does George Greggson meet with?

3. What do the children do three years later when their minds are more closely connected?

4. What is the name of the invaders' home planet?

5. According to Karellen, what will humans develop?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Jan Rodricks' activities during his stay on Carina. How does he feel about his visit?

2. Why are people worldwide grieving after George Greggson and Jean Morrel's children begin to change?

3. What events are foreshadowed when the Inspector shares his report with Karellen after meeting with the New Athens council?

4. Why is Karellen sad at the end of the novel?

5. In his radio address in Chapter 20, what does Karellen explain is his reason for occupying the planet?

6. 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?

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

8. How does Jan Rodricks respond when approaching Earth on his return, and why?

9. During the press conference at which Karellen says that Jan Rodricks has stowed away on the Overlords' spaceship, what part of Karellen's nature does he reveal?

10. Why do George Greggson and Jean Morrel move to New Athens? Describe their adjustment to their new home.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Religion vs. science is a dominant theme in "Childhood's End." Consider Karellen's desire not to be involved in spiritual matters. Explain why this is a standard he holds. Karellen donates an apparatus to the World History Foundation that shows footage of the past 5,000 years. In spite of the fact that he doesn't want to interfere in spiritual matters, the device dispels many religious views. Discuss and explain why Karellen chose to do this.

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