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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. Who is the psychiatrist sent to McMurdo Station in Antarctica with a hundred and fifty finalist scientists?

2. Who has to take a drill simulation job?

3. Who develops a new calendar to track the 668 day Martian year?

4. Whom does Frank accuse of trying to block him from the treaty rewrite?

5. Whose disappearance foreshadows problems for the farm group?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the major themes of Red Mars by Robinson?

2. How does the Ares crew build a calendar?

3. How are the first hundred colonists selected to go to Mars?

4. What do the Greens led by Sax believe?

5. Why does Selim get angry after talking to Frank about John?

6. Why does Frank wear a mask during the celebration, and how does it make him feel?

7. Where is John's body found, and why can't Frank revive him?

8. How does Frank fool Selim, and how does Selim respond when Frank speaks badly of John to him for a second time?

9. Why does Nadia get furious when she sees the broken heating element?

10. Why is Nadia uncomfortable talking to Maya and what makes her long to escape the group?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the power of the scientists in Red Mars. Is the press objective? Why or why not? What kind of academic bias do they reveal? How are they influenced?

Essay Topic 2

Red Mars is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery establishes connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic, and kinesthetic. The author uses imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this science fiction novel.

Essay Topic 3

The government via corporations plays a pivotal role in maintaining the status quo and upholding certain expectations of etiquette and power dynamics. Who epitomizes this in Red Mars? Who questions this? How is rebellion expressed and how is it quashed?

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