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 the remaining people on New Athens do after the aliens take action with their children?

2. Which invader does George Greggson meet with?

3. What does Jeffrey Greggson dream about after his family has relocated to its new home?

4. Why is Karellen impressed with the whale display in Chapter 13?

5. What does Jan Rodricks see has happened to the children of Earth?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Karellen sad at the end of the novel?

2. What does Karellen tell Professor Sullivan about the whale display upon seeing it for the first time, and what is the significance of what he says ?

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

The Overlords have clearly stated that the stars are not meant for man. In light of the whole novel, discuss whether or not the Overlords' statement is a valid one. Discuss, from the viewpoint of the Overlords, their rationale in wanting humans to remain earthbound.

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