Children of God: A Novel Test | Final Test - Hard

Mary Doria Russell
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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 Sofia accept about Supaari and Djalao?

2. Why does Emilio believe the singers of Mozart piece are Jana'ata children?

3. Who sees the Divine Intelligence in chemistry?

4. What do Tiyat Va'agardi and Kajpin VaMasna plan to do?

5. What happens that causes Emilio to weep, laugh and joke?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is driving Isaac crazy in the Runa camp and what does he do about it?

2. How does Ha'anala feel about the lander coming in with food, what does she know about her future and what does she say she wants done with the children?

3. What do the humans do to keep the Gayjur government from finding them and what does Nico do instead?

4. What does Sofia assume about Issac and what does she say to Emilio? How does she feel about her actions and the Jana'ata?

5. What does John believe about atheists, where did he learn this and what does he pray about Emilio and Rakhat?

6. What kind of music does Bruno pick up in 2070-73, why does Emilio agree to listen to it and what does he say about it?

7. Describe the fight between Supaari and Hlavin.

8. What does Hlavin do by his twelfth year of rule?

9. What does Rakhat look like when the men first step off the Bruno and what happens to Carlo immediately?

10. How is Isaac doing by the time Sofia is taking him to the lander and what does she think about him on a ship?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The time this novel takes place about sixty years in the future. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think technology in "real life" will have advanced as far as it has in CHILDREN OF GOD in fifty years? Do you think it will have advanced further? Explain thoroughly with examples.

2. What do you think are the difficulties of creating a setting far into the future? What are the advantages?

3. Many science fiction novels written in the early 20th century actually "predicts" some technology that is commonplace during the first decade of the 21st century. Research some early science fiction novels and discuss how much of the "pretend" technology is actually "real" now. How you think Napoleon Hill's belief that "what man can conceive and believe, man can achieve" can explain how technology in early science fiction is now a reality?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of manipulation and power in CHILDREN OF GOD. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with manipulation and power? Why? What are some symbols of manipulation and power? Symbols of powerlessness? What characters seem powerless?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of genocide in CHILDREN OF GOD. Which characters seem to accept that genocide is sometimes necessary? Why? Which characters seem opposed to genocide no matter what? Why? Which ones seem not to care one way or the other?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death. Death happens on a scale that is almost incomprehensible with thousands of sentient beings being wiped out of existence. Does this inure a reader to the impact of death? When death is brought to a more individual level, such as in Rakhat, does it have a greater impact? How do the Jana'ata civilization seem to view death? What about the Runa?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in CHILDREN OF GOD.

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of CHILDREN OF GOD. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of CHILDREN OF GOD. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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