Red Mars 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 is destroyed that causes Ann to panic, fearing for the life of her son?

2. When stock prices begin to fall, what does the elevator consortium slow down?

3. Where does Frank travel to find that Arkady is leading part of the revolution at Carr Crater?

4. What group is blocking communications while Nadia tries to repair water mains?

5. Who appears on Arkady's screen and demands surrender?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is important about maintaining a base on Mars in relationship to Earth?

2. What is the significance of the stone eye teeth?

3. Why does Ann crumble in mental stability as the destruction of Mars occurs?

4. What are Helmut's motivations for working on Mars?

5. How does Nadia emerge as a heroine during the revolution through her work?

6. What does Frank learn from meeting the miners from Florida?

7. How is the Coyote, terraforming, and sabotage linked to John?

8. How are the shifting political agendas on Earth reflected in the mining efforts on Mars and how does this affect John?

9. Why are the primary hundred going to be executed?

10. Why do Frank and Maya argue and separate after he has a dream?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Red Mars is a classic science fiction novel. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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