Red Mars 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. Along the way to the pole, what does the Ares crew install?

2. Who believe that there may be undiscovered life deep in the permafrost or underground?

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

4. What team is Nadia part of?

5. Who attempts to portray Christ as a literary figure and is rebutted by Phyllis?

Short Essay Questions

1. When did people learn about life on other planets, according to the first chapter?

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

3. What does Maya initially feel about John and Frank and their relationship?

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

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

6. When Maya talks to Michel about her love life problems, how does he respond?

7. What does Anna admit to Nadia about living in duality?

8. How does Michel evaluate people psychologically on Mars?

9. What do the Reds led by Ann believe?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Through the main characters, Robinson offers a lens to view the government and corruption via the corporations and other groups. He describes some of the officials in Red Mars as self-serving. Describe the typical government/corporation worker in Red Mars. Do you think this is realistic and characteristic of today? Do you think the issues that Robinson discusses are still relevant today and if so, in what ways?

Essay Topic 3

Robinson uses more the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

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