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. Where is Jimmy trying to land the Dragonfly in order to assure his survival?

2. Who is certified to navigate the Cylindrical Sea?

3. According to Chapter 37, Mercury sends a missile to Rama, which stops fifty kilometers from Rama to do what?

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

5. Who asks the Commander to send a priority message to the earth?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it the case that some planets in the solar system are not represented in the United Planets?

2. Why is Chapter 17 entitled "Spring'?

3. Why is "Dragonfly" a good name for Jimmy Pak's sky-bike?

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

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

6. Describe the flower that Jimmy Pak finds on Rama.

7. Why does Jerry Kirchoff make facetious comments to Norton and Rousseau in Chapters 36 and 37?

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

9. According to Chapter 23, why is Ravi McAndrews considered one of the last people on the Endeavour to normally engage in a technical discussion?

10. Why did the Commander delay explaining the method they were going to use to Jimmy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe what a Simp is, how Simps contribute to the running of the Endeavour, and the pros and cons of having them aboard. Is the author drawing any parallels between Simps and the biots found on Rama? Compare and contrast Simps and the biots.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Captain Norton has two wives living on two worlds. These women never appear in the book but their existence provides an important contribution to the book. Why did the author include letters to the wives in this book and how do these letters and the existence of these women serve the writing of the book?

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