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 is Suukmel determined to do?

2. What does Danny accept?

3. Who is Puska?

4. Who is ready to euthanize Isaac?

5. What does Danny do about the Jana'ata problem?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Suukmel recall about God and the three different species on Rakhat that Ha'anala told her?

4. Why is Ha'anala angry at Isaac concerning his mother?

5. What angers Puska about Hlavin and what does she know about Ha'anala's fate?

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. 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?

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

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

10. What does Emilio think about Isaac's music and what does he want?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as CHILDREN OF GOD help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading CHILDREN OF GOD? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in CHILDREN OF GOD to discuss and compare Emilio's response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Emilio is in some ways a larger-than-life hero. Despite incredible suffering, he has been able to still care about the characters in CHILDREN OF GOD. Discuss the following:

1. Which is more admirable--a hero who ultimately always "lands on his feet," or one who strives against impossible odds and doesn't succeed?

2. Does a character have to be successful in order to be a hero? Explain your answer.

3. Choose one other character besides Emilio who you might call a hero/heroine and explain why you choose that person.

4. Does every work of fiction have to have a hero? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Often titles reveal much about one or more aspects of a novel. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think is the purpose of a title? How closely related to a major theme(s) of a book do you think a title should be? Or should it be?

2. How is the phrase "Children of God" relevant to the action of the novel? What sort of emotional/psychological response does the title evoke? Why do you think Russel chose this title (if she does)? If you were perusing the library for a book to read and saw this title, would it pique your interest? Why or why not. Does it seem to be the best title for the book?

3. If you were the writer of Children of God and your editor says the title must be changed, what would you choose? Why?

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