Mutation 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. Why does Victor warn VJ away from the river?

2. What does Victor tell Marsha that he wants done to VJ?

3. What does VJ say he will do to the person who broke his window?

4. What does the baby grab?

5. Who does Marsha compare her patient to?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Victor's emotional reaction to the deleted files?

2. What is Victor's attitude toward the morality of his actions?

3. What might VJ's motivation be for how he performed during the race with Victor?

4. What do the similarities between the three boys' births and unusual aptitudes imply?

5. What does Victor do with the tissue samples he brings back from the hospital?

6. What does Marsha find difficult to accept about VJ's personality?

7. What is the implication of Mark and Maurice's illnesses?

8. What are Marsha's concerns about VJ?

9. What is Victor's response to the news of Mark Murray's illness?

10. What disagreement do Marsha and Victor have about the remaining embryos?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the settings of the novel.

1) Discuss the setting of the Chimera compound. How does the size of the compound affect the story? How does the security of the compound affect the story?

2) Discuss the setting of the clock tower and river. What do the clock tower and river add to the tone and mood of the story? How do they help the plot of the story to develop?

3) How do the time the novel is set in and the time period the novel was written in affect it? Will the novel continue to be relevant as time passes?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the idea in the novel of special privilege for the gifted.

1) Why does Victor believe that VJ should have special privileges? What special privileges does Victor want for VJ?

2) Why does Marsha disagree with Victor about special privileges for VJ, and to what extent? What are Marsha's arguments?

3) What does the author imply about the danger of special privileges for the gifted?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the conflict of nature and science in the novel.

1) What is the metaphoric significance of the river, a force of nature, and the clock tower, a work of science, in the novel? How is this metaphor carried out through the novel and especially at its end?

2) How do nature and science conflict in Victor's work? When science manipulates nature, what is the result?

3) In the novel, can mankind succeed in taming or defying nature? To what extent? Support your answer with evidence from the novel.

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