The Martian Chronicles Test | Final 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. What destroys the central computer?

2. What did Silly say that Teece remarked was a triumph for Teece himself?

3. What animal were the robotic house cleaners designed after?

4. How do the fathers punish the boys when they return home?

5. Where do the boys hike?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Sam and his wife escape into the sand ship and what leads them to return to their hotdog stand?

2. Why does LaFarge continually question Tom about his presence and what happens when he does?

3. Why do you believe Father Peregrine purchases a new valise before he leaves the luggage store?

4. What do you think LaFarge hears in the backyard and why does he bolt the door and not explore the noise?

5. What happens to the boys when they return to their homes after playing the sick game with the dead Martians?

6. What do the new inhabitants of Mars call the elderly people who have begun to come to Mars?

7. How do the people on Earth send messages to the people on Mars and what message repeats constantly?

8. How does the author let the reader know that the family that once lived in the autonomously run house has been killed in the atomic blast?

9. Describe how Genevieve appears to Gripp the first time he sees her and how does this compare to his imagination?

10. What is ironic about the way the real Garrett and the house itself are destroyed? What does Stendahl tell Garrett about his demise?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the purpose of the chapter called Usher II which is directly related to Edgar Allen Poe? Is it important that it be included? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Toward the end of the novel, many characters choose solitude over companionship. Why do you believe the characters make this choice? Can you ever see a time when you might make this choice? Explain your reasons.

Essay Topic 3

Many of the people that came to inhabit Mars never truly felt it was their home. Why is this the case? How does the author show this throughout the novel? Provide specific examples from the novel.

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