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. What happens to Jimmy's sky-bike?

3. According to Chapter 18, how many "linear suns" switched on?

4. Why is the color of the Cylindrical Sea different?

5. How many smaller spikes surround the immense central spike?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is it possible that the spider-like creature sneaks up on Norton, Rodrigo, Calvert, and Ernst while they are watching the evening news telecast?

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

3. Why is it necessary for the sailors on the Resolution to keep their heads above water if the boat capsizes?

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

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

6. Who is the only member of the crew that seems comfortable with the sights now illuminated on Rama?

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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