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. Why is Rachel unable to understand some conversations between George and his teachers?

2. What rumor does Rachel hear in Chapter 30?

3. What do the Shammat want to do with George in Chapter 26?

4. Chapter 19 details the events of what century?

5. Why does Rachel keep a diary?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the youth armies form on Shikasta?

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

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

4. What roles do George and John Brent-Oxford play in the mock trial?

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

6. What is reported in Chapter 19 regarding the state of religious ideologies on Shikasta?

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

8. Who is Lynda Coleridge?

9. Why does Rachel make the decision to follow George in Chapter 30?

10. How does the mock trial end?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

SOWF, or Substance of We-Feeling, is a powerful force in life on Shikasta. What does this substance do? What effect does it have on the Natives, Giants and Canopeans? What happens to them when they are cut off from this substance? Why? Why do some Shikastans have a better ability to receive this substance than others? What can they do to improve their SOWF-receiving abilities? Be sure to cite specific examples from the book to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Johor is the central character in the book. Who is he? What is his job? What is special about him? Why does he incarnate on Shikasta? What is he supposed to achieve while he is there? Does he achieve his goals? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the book to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Johor describes the religion of the whites, presumably some form of Christianity, as being the most bigoted religion in human history. What can we infer, as a result of this description, about the author's attitude toward organized religion? Why does she describe this religion in such a negative fashion? What, specifically, does Johor dislike about this religion? What are his suggestions for improving it, and why? Be sure to cite specific examples from the book to support your thesis.

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