Children of the Mind Test | Mid-Book 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. How does Old Val propose that Novinha save Jane?

2. How old was Ender when he left Earth?

3. What was the original catalyst for Ender and Novinha's separation?

4. What does Jane claim that hearing of Young Val's impending death has caused Miro to realize?

5. How does Malu arrive for his first meeting with Peter and Wang-mu?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Ender tries to reconcile with his wife on Lusitania, what pretense does she give for not seeing him and how does he overcome her excuse?

2. As the ansibles and entire networks go offline, how is Jane affected and how does she respond?

3. Who claims that "life is a suicide mission," and why?

4. Describe the conversation when Miro goes to speak to Ender.

5. How does Ender's attention affect Val in "Life is a Suicide Mission" and how does she react to it?

6. Why does Grace's husband laugh when Peter asks if he and Wang-mu can go see Malu and to what does he compare Peter's request?

7. Who was Novinha's rival, and how is Novinha asked to help this rival?

8. What reason does Ender give Novinha for reconciling with him and how does she refute his argument?

9. How was Peter called into being and why does this cause problems?

10. Describe Malu's entrance for his meeting with Wang-mu and Peter.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At Hikari's place, Peter, Wang-mu, and Hikari undergo an act of wrangling to show who has the most humility. Which of the characters do you think wins this competition in this chapter? And which do you think has the most humility in the novel? Write an essay exploring your answers to these questions and how they are similar or different.

Essay Topic 2

At the university, Malu calls out, "The god has moved her starship!" Peter is triumphant and Wang-mu realizes how dismal life would have been for him were he restricted to a single planet. Write an essay exploring the idea of restrictions and freedom in the novel and the role they play in each of the characters' lives.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay exploring the different characters responses to the message to stop the detonation of the M.D. device. Consider why each character reacts in the way that they do and why there is such a contrast between the responses.

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