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. Who sleeps in John's rover, making Frank angry?

2. Who is Ann's lover?

3. What is the new transnational mining site where John learns about an Arab colony?

4. In what kind of environment is money necessary according to Arkady?

5. What has UNOMA approved that makes Sax believe security should be increased?

Short Essay Questions

1. When riots begin in Mars, what does Frank discover as the city is in revolution?

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

3. How is John revealed as a complex personality in Part 5?

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

5. How is Ann reunited with her son?

6. What does Arkady's assertion that there are "guns under the table" foreshadow in the chapters after Part 5?

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

8. How does Peter Clayborne escape death?

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

10. How does Frank negotiate for the treaty on Mars, and how do Maya and others respond to his efforts?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe some of the settings for Red Mars. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period, and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did Robinson choose to use these places in Red Mars?

Essay Topic 2

John and Frank are two of the most active characters in the settlement of the Ares colony on Mars.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that John had a direct influence upon? What are some events that Frank had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support to the group? Which one is stronger and why?

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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