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. Which invader does George Greggson meet with?

2. Who offers the primary point of view in Chapter 14?

3. What does Karellen state was the reason for his occupation of Earth?

4. What does watching what the invaders do with the children remind George Greggson of?

5. What is unique about Karellen's planet?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Karellen reveal during his weekly press conference in Chapter 14, and how does he justify the Overlords' actions based on their revelation during the conference?

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

10. Why do the Overlords watch George Greggson's children?

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

Jan Rodricks decides to hide himself in a whale display that will be loaded on board the Overlords' ship and transported to their planet. Discuss the price he has to pay relative to friends and loved ones by going through with his plot. Was it "worth it"? Explain. Rodricks also refers to the story of Jonah and the whale, another one of several biblical references in the novel. Discuss what parallels to the biblical account he sees in his own life.

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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