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 alarms Jan Rodricks when he returns to Earth?

2. What is the name of the invaders' home planet?

3. What does Jan Rodricks come to realize after his return to Earth from the aliens' planet?

4. What does Vindarten do with Jan Rodricks?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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 ?

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

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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 reveals himself in Chapter 5. He invites two children to join him on board his ship before he exits. Consider whether or not children have an inherent fear of the same things adults find frightening, or if fear is a learned response. Discuss the differences between what is frightening to a child and what is frightening to an adult. Describe Karellen's rationale in revealing himself in the fashion he does, based on what he has discerned about human nature.

Essay Topic 2

George Greggson and Jan Rodricks seem to be kindred spirits. While they are alike in many ways, there are some significant differences, especially in how they respond to the Overlords' rule. Identify several differences and explain how they affect the outcome of their lives. Discuss how those differences are employed by Clarke to provide different perspectives for the reader.

Essay Topic 3

The Overmind is introduced. In the context of the novel, is the Overmind God? Explain your answer. Describe the relationship between the Overlords and the Overmind. Discuss whether or not Karellen's notion that the Overmind is protecting humanity from itself is a valid one, and why Karellen would hold that opinion.

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