Rendezvous with Rama 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 catches Jimmy's eye amongst the trellis of wires and rods?

2. Where do the pieces of Jimmy's sky-bike end up?

3. On the ascent back to the Endeavour, who is the last to leave the plain on Rama?

4. In Chapter 26, what potential danger concerns Jimmy as he begins his adventure?

5. Who seems to be the most concerned that Rama's secret mission is to dominate the solar system?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the ways that are considered to rescue Jimmy Pak?

2. Why is Chapter 27 entitled, "Electric Wind"?

3. Commander Norton speculates about the origin of the lights on Rama. What are some of his theories?

4. What was different about the atmosphere after the ice thawed and the lights came on?

5. Why did Jimmy Pak approach the crab-like creature?

6. What are some of the ways the Commander considered to travel to the South Pole?

7. Explain the differences Jimmy Pak observed in the southern and northern ends of Rama.

8. Why does the exobiologist, Dr. Perera, feel mortified at the beginning of Chapter 19?

9. Explain the supposed similarities between a termite colony and Rama.

10. Why does Norton order the Revolution to return to shore as quickly as possible after seeing the giant starfish?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the expectations that the Rama Committee has for the origins, age, and findings for Rama versus the reality. How are they the same? How are they different?

Essay Topic 2

Exercise and fitness is an important theme in the book. Command decisions were made based on how fit or unfit the Endeavour personnel were at any given moment. Part One: Pick two characters and explain how their fitness level influenced decisions and events in the book. Part Two: Explain whether or not we are more fit or less fit than the characters in 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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