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. What does Karellen plan to do with the children?

3. What bothers George Greggson about Jan Rodricks?

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

5. Why did the invaders build Utopia?

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 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?

4. 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?

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

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

7. Explain George Greggson's observations and feelings at the beginning of Chapter 21.

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the course of the book, after the establishment of Utopia, more and more people become disenchanted with that lifestyle. Three pivotal characters - Rupert Boyce, George Greggson and Jan Rodricks - are introduced in Chapter 7. Compare and contrast these three men, especially in light of their diverse attitudes toward the Utopian lifestyle.

Essay Topic 2

Several times throughout the book, Clarke calls upon mythological imagery. Describe and discuss the role that mythology plays in the book. Why did Clarke use mythology in the fashion that he did? Is it used effectively? Does it detract from the overall impression of the story? Explain your answers in depth.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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