Solaris Test | Mid-Book 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 does Snow call the visitors?

2. What makes Solaris's orbit stable?

3. Who is in Gibarian's room when Kelvin arrives?

4. When did Kelvin last see Rheya?

5. What does Rheya's blood look like to Kelvin at the cellular level?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kelvin feel as he goes into his room on the space station?

2. Why does Kelvin launch the shuttle?

3. Who was the first human to die in Solaris's ocean?

4. Why does Kelvin react emotionally to the two sundresses on the floor?

5. Describe the research station as Kelvin first sees it.

6. How punctual does Kelvin say he is?

7. What is Kelvin wearing when he arrives on the research station?

8. What is Gibarian's reaction to the eerie sound of footsteps echoing through the station?

9. Is Kelvin on time for his meeting with Snow?

10. What is Snow's reaction when Kelvin admits that he has had his first visitor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the genre of the novel Solaris.

1) How does Solaris utilize the science fiction genre? Why does the author choose a space setting, and how does he utilize science and technology to communicate his themes and ideas?

2) In what ways is Solaris a mystery or psychological thriller? What elements of the mystery/thriller genre does the author use?

3) What elements of the horror/ghost story genre does Solaris use? Is the story of Solaris a horrifying one?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Kelvin's character and what Kelvin learns from his experiences on Solaris.

1) Does Kelvin grow and change throughout the story? How does his relationship with Rheya change?

2) Does Kelvin gain a deeper understanding of himself, the ocean, or mankind? If so, what understanding does he gain, and how does he gain it?

3) Why does Kelvin decide to stay on Solaris at the end of the novel? What does he hope to find or achieve on Solaris?

Essay Topic 3

One of the main dreams of Solarists is contact with the ocean, and so one of the major thematic elements in Solaris is communication.

1) What are the obstacles to communication in Solaris, both between the ocean and the scientists and between the human characters? What is the effect of a lack of communication?

2) Does the ocean attempt to communicate with the scientists?

3) Is communication possible with the ocean?

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