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 do George Greggson and Jean Morrel spend as much time as possible doing?

2. What does Jennifer Greggson spend all her time doing?

3. What comes as a warning prior to the tsunami?

4. What is Jean Morrel shocked to find in her new home?

5. What is the name of George Greggson's daughter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is symbolic about the whale and the squid, especially in light of the end of the novel?

4. What is ironic about Jan Rodricks' return to Earth?

5. How does Karellen explain to Jan Rodricks mankind's ancient fear of the satanic appearance of the Overlords?

6. Explain George Greggson's observations and feelings at the beginning of Chapter 21.

7. What is significant about the results of the tsunami on George Greggson's family?

8. According to Karellen, why did the Overlords build Utopia, and what is his desire for mankind?

9. Why do the Overlords watch George Greggson's children?

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

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

Karellen reveals himself in Chapter 5. He invites two children to join him on board his ship before he exits. Consider whether or not children have an inherent fear of the same things adults find frightening, or if fear is a learned response. Discuss the differences between what is frightening to a child and what is frightening to an adult. Describe Karellen's rationale in revealing himself in the fashion he does, based on what he has discerned about human nature.

Essay Topic 3

The Overlord "inspector," Thanthalteresco, is sent to observe activities on New Athens. Thanthalteresco, along with Karellen and Rashaverak, become the central Overlord characters of the novel, each with distinctive roles. Compare and contrast the work and relationships of these three Overlords with humans, noting their unique roles. Thanthalteresco seems especially interested in George Greggson's son, Jeffrey. Describe the relationship, emphasizing its positive or negative aspects. Karellen's attitude toward humans seems to change over the course of the novel. Describe that attitude, and explain why it may have changed entirely during the arc of the story.

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