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 does Karellen plan to do with the children?

2. What happens to the Earth?

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

4. What do George Greggson and Jean Morrel spend as much time as possible doing?

5. How does Karellen explain mankind's understanding of the invaders' devil-like appearance to Jan Rodricks?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

5. During the press conference at which Karellen says that Jan Rodricks has stowed away on the Overlords' spaceship, what part of Karellen's nature does he reveal?

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

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

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

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

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

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 2

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 3

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.

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