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. How does Karellen explain the invaders' motives for occupying Earth?

2. What happens to the Earth?

3. Why do the invaders need to watch George Greggson's and Jean Morrel's children?

4. What does Jan Rodricks observe that he also saw on the aliens' home planet?

5. The greatest achievement of the people in the island community comes in what field?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Jan Rodricks observe after the Overlords depart and leave him as the last person on Earth, and what does he wonder about the Overlords and his role at the end?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The two scientists introduced in "Childhood's End" are only seen in Chapter 1. Compare and contrast Reinhold Hoffmann and Konrad Schneider, and describe the function these two characters play in setting the stage for the novel. Discuss whether or not the work of these two characters impacts the rest of the novel in any fashion.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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