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. For what does Sofia say God has used her?

2. What key word does Emilio isolate as he listens to chanted Mozart?

3. What brings stability to Isaac?

4. Who does Sofia wish would return to her camp?

5. Who is going to go back to Earth with Emilio?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Bruno in 2047 on the way to Rakhat?

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

4. What does Suukmel tell Rukuei after the battle where Hlavin is killed?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Emilio do to avoid nightmares and what does he do when he sees himself dead?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

CHILDREN OF GOD is the sequel to Sparrow.

1. What are two advantages of writing two novels about the same characters? Use examples.

2. What are two disadvantages of writing two novels about the same characters? Use examples.

3. Do you prefer to read a stand-alone book, or a series of books with the same main characters? Explain your response.

4. Do you think it is easier or more difficult (or about the same) to write a stand-alone book versus a sequel? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think A Fire Upon the Deep is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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