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 are the children involved in that lasts almost a year?

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

4. What does Rashaverak suggest that George Greggson and Jean Morrel do as their children begin to change in mental and physical abilities?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Karellen explain to Jan Rodricks mankind's ancient fear of the satanic appearance of the Overlords?

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

10. 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 ?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Overmind is introduced. In the context of the novel, is the Overmind God? Explain your answer. Describe the relationship between the Overlords and the Overmind. Discuss whether or not Karellen's notion that the Overmind is protecting humanity from itself is a valid one, and why Karellen would hold that opinion.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Religion vs. science is a dominant theme in "Childhood's End." Consider Karellen's desire not to be involved in spiritual matters. Explain why this is a standard he holds. Karellen donates an apparatus to the World History Foundation that shows footage of the past 5,000 years. In spite of the fact that he doesn't want to interfere in spiritual matters, the device dispels many religious views. Discuss and explain why Karellen chose to do this.

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