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 Vindarten do with Jan Rodricks?

3. Why is Professor Sullivan sad in Chapter 13?

4. Why did the invaders build Utopia?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What are George Greggson's thoughts on Jan Rodricks after he learns that Rodricks has stowed away on an Overlord ship? How does Greggson identify with Rodricks?

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

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

"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 3

The last few chapters of "Childhood's End" are tinged with definite melancholy and a sense of loss. Discuss George Greggson and Jean Morrel's feelings as their two children seem to be slipping away. Discuss if this is akin to the grief someone would feel at the death of a loved one. Compare the sense of loss they feel with the emotions Karellen seems to be developing toward the end of the story. Are the two children really "lost"? Explain your answer.

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