Out of the Silent Planet 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 Ransom feel when he finds out he is in space?

2. What is on the other side of the wall?

3. The humming noise Ransom hears makes him believe he is:

4. What are the waves on the water like?

5. Ransom's dream mentioned in question #16 foreshadows:

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Weston's attitude toward Devine. Tell why you think Weston and Devine are or are not friends.

2. How does Ransom escape and where does he go?

3. Describe the dream Ransom had when Weston drugged his drink.

4. What does the hross do after Ransom eats some of his food?

5. Give a general description about the planet's inhabitants and their government.

6. Describe the terrain Ransom sees as they embark from the ship.

7. Describe the room where Ransom wakes after being knocked out at the Rise, the house where he met Weston and Devine.

8. In Chapter six the ship begins to approach Malacandra. What happens to the inside of the ship as they come onto the planet?

9. What do Weston and Devine demand of Ransom?

10. How does Ransom figure out they are in space?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay comparing Weston's plans for conquering other planets and killing off their population, to make room for humans, and what has happen on this planet as people cleared out the earth of many animals to make use of the land for ourselves. Are they similar? Do the animals deserve more, less or the same consideration as inhabitants of another planet? Is this planet enriched or impoverished because of the number of extinct animals?

Essay Topic 2

The theme of fear and death is explored a lot in this book. Ransom speculates on the role of death in life. The hross seem to hold an outlook on death that is very different from his own. They almost welcome death as a wonderful transformation. Write about the view of death from the American culture. Is the main cultural view of death your own? If not, what is your view of death?

Essay Topic 3

In this book Weston talks about humanity eventually traveling the stars and conquering other planets, because "humans" were the best people ever created. What would you think if you met intelligent beings who did not resemble "humans?" What do you think are characteristics that make humans something other than "animal?" Do you believe a creature other than a "human" could have those characteristics? Why or Why not?

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