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

2. What does Sofia accept about Supaari and Djalao?

3. What does Ha'anala want to do?

4. What selections does Isaac play?

5. How long does it take Emilio to withdraw from Quell?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Emilio do as Ha'anala dies and after she dies?

2. What kind of solution does Danny come up with for the Jana'ata problem?

3. Why do Isaac and Ha'anala stay in a Jana'ata camp? What message does Ha'anala send Sofia?

4. 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?

5. What do the crew see on Rakhat when Bruno enters orbit and what do they hear? What does Joseba say about it?

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

7. At the end of his life, what does Danny say about the crew on Bruno and what he thinks about his destiny?

8. Describe the fight between Supaari and Hlavin.

9. What does Laaks tell Emilio about Ha'anala and what is Emilio's response?

10. How does the village feel when Ha'anala takes Isaac outside the village and what does Isaac do with Ha'anala? How does Isaac create his first music?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

CHILDREN OF GOD is written in the genre of science fiction. Discuss the following:

1. What sets science fiction apart from other genres? Discuss several characteristics of science fiction that are absent in other genres and vice versa.

2. Some people might say that science fiction is merely for entertainment? Do you agree? Explain.

3. Discuss why CHILDREN OF GOD falls under the genre of science fiction.

4. Why do you think literary criticism breaks down fiction into genres? Do you think the labeling of genre to a work is useful to a reader? Why or why not.

Essay Topic 2

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or technology that is not a part of the "real" world. In the case of Emilio s, much of the setting is not familiar to the reader, and there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the world in CHILDREN OF GOD that occur in the "real" world but are used differently in the CHILDREN OF GOD world. Define the words as used in in the CHILDREN OF GOD world and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

2. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the world of CHILDREN OF GOD. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in CHILDREN OF GOD? What word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understood from CHILDREN OF GOD? Which ones?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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