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 George Greggson and Jean Morrel decide to do after the incidents on New Athens ?

2. According to Karellen, what will humans develop?

3. What is the name of George Greggson's daughter?

4. What is unique about Karellen's planet?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What events are foreshadowed when the Inspector shares his report with Karellen after meeting with the New Athens council?

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

3. 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 ?

4. Why do George Greggson and Jean Morrel move to New Athens? Describe their adjustment to their new home.

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, Clarke drops subtle hints (and some not so subtle) of what is to come, employing the literary device of foreshadowing. Identify at least three major incidences of foreshadowing, in which an event in the book points toward its ultimate conclusion. With each event earlier in the book, cite the event that fulfills the foreshadowing that came earlier, and the plot elements that moved the story from the foreshadowing incident to the outcome.

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