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. Who is Thanthalteresco?

2. What does the device Karellen employs in the pressroom do?

3. What is the name of George Greggson's oldest son's dog?

4. Why do the invaders plan to return Jan Rodricks to Earth?

5. Who is Charles Yan Sen?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Karellen reveal during his weekly press conference in Chapter 14, and how does he justify the Overlords' actions based on their revelation during the conference?

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

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

6. Explain the nature of Jeffrey Greggson's dreams as revealed in Chapter 18 and how the Overlords evaluate what is happening to him.

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

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

9. Why are George Greggson and Jean Morrel spending more time with their children in Chapter 19?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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