Rendezvous with Rama 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 unusual about object 31/439?

2. How many wives does Commander Norton have?

3. According to Chapter 6, how far is the distance between Earth and Mars?

4. Who goes with the Commander on the first EVA?

5. How does Commander Norton feel about landing on Rama?

Short Essay Questions

1. What lesson does Commander Norton believe he has learned after seeing the Straight Valley?

2. Why did Commander Norton feel a kinship with a long-dead Egyptologist?

3. What was the initial response to the catastrophic destruction of 2077?

4. What is cocooning or mothballing, as referred to in Chapter 14?

5. Name two things that concerned Commander Norton about landing on Rama.

6. What were the characteristics of the object known as 31/439 that set it apart from other asteroids?

7. What are some of the problems involving having simps on board?

8. Why is Commander Norton concerned about how Boris Rodrigo may react after disembarking to explore Rama?

9. What do believers in the Pandora movement believe in?

10. According to Chapter 5, what does the exploration party think of the design of Rama? How does this affect their EVA mission?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are two extreme positions about Rama in the book--the position of the Hermians and the position of the explorers. Describe these two positions. Compare and contrast these two positions using characters' behavior and events to prove your point.

Essay Topic 2

The Fifth Church of Christ is mentioned several times in the novel. The belief system is both respected and disrespected in the book. Part One: Pick two examples of respect for religion and two examples of disrespect for religion; compare and contrast them. Part Two: Explain if these positions on religion are equally balanced or if the author comes down more heavily on one side or the other, and how that contributes to the meaning of the story.

Essay Topic 3

Women appear to be a minority on the Endeavour. Only two women play substantive roles in the novel. Who are these two women and what are their accomplishments and/or shortcomings? Are they fully-formed characters or two-dimensional? Are they stereotypical or play against type? Compare and contrast them to two of the main characters who are male. Based on your analysis, what is the author saying about gender roles? Consider gender roles in the late twentieth century when the book was written as well as the author's apparent predictions for the future.

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