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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What do the children do three years later when their minds are more closely connected?
2. What is the name of George Greggson's oldest son?
3. How does Karellen explain mankind's understanding of the invaders' devil-like appearance to Jan Rodricks?
4. What does George Greggson's eldest son tell him about Thanthalteresco?
5. What happens to the Earth?
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
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
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.
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