Out of the Silent Planet 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 does Ransom imagine Oyarsa to be?

2. How does Weston defend himself?

3. After Weston and Devine are taken from Oyarsa 's presence what happens to Ransom?

4. Why doesn't Oyarsa want to kill Weston?

5. What does Oyarsa say of the history of earth?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Osarya repond to Weston's speech?

2. Besides collecting gold, what is Weston's motivation for coming to Malacandra?

3. Who comes to Hyoi and Ransom as they move on the water searching for the hnakra? What does he have to say?

4. What does the sorn and Ransom do when Ransom enters the cave?

5. What does Ransom do on the space ship during the return trip to earth?

6. Explain the history of earth (Thulcandra) and its relationship to Malacandra.

7. Describe Ransom's first view of Meldilorn.

8. What does Ransom find as he climbs the mountain pass? Describe the scene.

9. Describe the hross' relationship with the hnakra.

10. Who begins speaking in Chapter 22? How did he learn of Ransom?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The final chapters explain that Oyarsa and the eldil have been influencing events all along. Some might call this fate, others, destiny. Many would call it Divine Intervention. Compare your ideas on fate, destiny and Divine Intervention. Do you believe in one or the other? Have you ever experienced a moment you felt was destiny? Fate? Why?

Essay Topic 2

In all books characters are never all good or all bad, which reflects the reality of being human. What do you see as Weston, Devine and Ransom's good characteristics? What do you see as their flaws? Would you characterize Ransom as the "good guy" and Weston and Devine as the "bad guys," or do you see their characters as being a mix?

Essay Topic 3

Out of the Silent Planet is an allegory. It is supposed to represent the creation of earth, the fall of the angels from heaven and the fall of humans. Describe parts of the book that you believe correspond to these events.

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