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. Whom does George Greggson believe saves his eldest son from the tsunami?

2. What does Vindarten do with Jan Rodricks?

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

4. Who is the founder of the community on the island compared to?

5. What is the name of the inactive volcano on the island?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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 ?

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

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

10. Describe the response and mindset of the people of New Athens after the children are evacuated.

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 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.

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