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 is unique about the island George Greggson and Jean Morrel visit?

2. Charles Yan Sen compares the aliens' cultivation of Earth to:

3. Where does Karellen send one of his fellow invaders?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was New Athens founded, by whom, and what is its greatest artistic achievement?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Jan Rodricks observe after the Overlords depart and leave him as the last person on Earth, and what does he wonder about the Overlords and his role at the end?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

One goal of the Overlords is the establishment of a World Federation. Compare and contrast the concept of a World Federation to our current system of self-governing nations. Taking a look at both sides of the argument, choose which ideology seems the most reasonable, and justify that ideology. Explain whether or not insurrection against an established ideology is justified or not, using the Freedom League's opposition to the Overlords as a starting point.

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