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. What is the group that wishes to forgo terraforming?

2. Who stays with the mining site after much arguing and communication with the two governments involved in the Mars project?

3. Who notes it is ridiculous to stop terraforming for low probability life that may not even be affected by it?

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

5. Who wants prospecting on Mars?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nadia lose her finger?

2. What do the Reds led by Ann believe?

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

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

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

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

7. Why are GEMS made by the scientists?

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

9. How does Nadia recognize that their technology is advanced and causes changes to Mars?

10. How is Nadia described in Part 3 as a problem solver?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Politics are also referred to in the book. Robinson refers to the politics of the society of the futuristic Red Mars set during the 21st century. How do the politics Robinson describes in the book compare to that of his own world? Do you think politics are an important part of the book? How else could Robinson incorporate politics into the book? Also examine the use of politics in relationships.

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

In Red Mars, Robinson's Ares society shows a conscious selectivity about technology. What do you think of the technology that Hiroko tries to use for her own purposes? Which aspects do you find more or less appealing? How is technology associated with power and rebellion?

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