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 words does the author use to portray the vast majority of asteroids?

2. In Chapter 12, Norton notices something remarkable as he is exploring. What is it?

3. Where does Dr. Bose currently reside?

4. When the pillbox-shaped structure starts to move, it looks like what object?

5. Where on Rama does the Endeavour land?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What precautions are taken to ensure the safety of the exploration crew? Why is it unnecessary to supply breathing gear on Rama?

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

6. What precautions are taken to ensure the exploration party will be safe on Rama?

7. What is discovered about Rama once it is photographed by the cameras released by Sita?

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

9. After the initial news media fuss, why did all the world forget about Rama, except for the astronomers?

10. What do the members of the Rama Committee think of Commander Norton?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several references in the novel to "ancient" history from the twentieth century and before. Name five different references to ancient history and explain their contribution to the meaning of the story. Why is the author choosing to write about these particular historical events, facts, characters, or customs?

Essay Topic 2

The seven members of the Rama Committee each have a specific point of view about the situation with Rama. These points of view change as they learn more about Rama and it either supports or does not support their life's work or a cause dear to them. Pick three of the members of the Rama Committee and compare and contrast their points of view. Use examples from the beginning, middle, and end of the book to show how their points of view evolve throughout the book.

Essay Topic 3

There is much emphasis on ecology, recycling, degradation of the environment, and the creation of pollutants on Rama because it is a closed system. At the time the book was written the recycling movement was in its infancy in the United States and Europe. How might this book reflect the point of view of the author and his contemporaries about recycling and ecology? What are the positive and negative aspects of ecology and recycling as symbolized by the environment on Rama?

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