Shikasta: Re, Colonised Planet 5: Personal, Psychological, Historical… 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. Who is writing to George in Chapter 29?

2. What is the end result of the mock trial?

3. Who is Suzannah?

4. Rachel states in Chapter 30 that George had ordered her to do what?

5. What happened to Rachel, as detailed in Chapter 31?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Lynda Coleridge?

2. What is the substance of Agent 20's report, in Chapter 18?

3. Who is Sharma?

4. Why does the mock trial occur in Chapter 33?

5. How does Rachel feel about the conversations George has with his teacher, Hasan?

6. What are the effects of short lifespans, as explained in Chapter 14?

7. How does Rachel feel after meeting the Muslim family she describes in Chapter 24?

8. What does Johor say, in Chapter 19, about the poor of Shikasta?

9. What is the result of the arguments presented at the mock trial?

10. What does the top-secret letter relayed in Chapter 26 say about George, Benjamin and John Brent-Oxford?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The special individuals who were supposed to be helped by Taufiq had very different lives as a result of his inability to help them. What did they have in common? What was at the root of their issues? How did they relate to the socioeconomic situation on Shikasta? What role were they supposed to play in the final days of Shikasta, before the apocalypse? Why? How were their lives different as a result of the help they didn't receive? Be sure to cite specific examples from the book to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

George's girlfriend is Suzannah, but he has an emotional affair with a woman named Sharma. What are the major differences between Sharma and Suzannah? Why does George choose to be with Suzannah? Why can't he be with Sharma? How does each woman help him to accomplish his mission when he is incarnated on Shikasta? Why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the book to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Canopean reports mention the "Age of Ideology," a time when dangerous ideas, such as science and nationalism, gripped the elites and drew their attention away from religion and other worthy ideologies. Why is science considered to be so dangerous? What effect does it have on people? Why did it only affect the elites? Why are the primitive peoples considered to be more pure? How did nationalism create conflict? What would have stopped this process? Be sure to cite specific examples from the book to support your thesis.

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