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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 Kelvin give Rheya?

2. What book can't Kelvin find in Gibarian's room?

3. How long did it take for spacecraft to visit Solaris after its discovery?

4. What happens when Kelvin goes into the restroom?

5. What does Kelvin arm himself with?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kelvin blame himself for Rheya's death?

2. Explain the term "no appreciable relation to reality" as the president of the committee uses it to describe Berton's report.

3. Describe the person Kelvin is shocked to see go into Gibarian's room.

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

5. How does Kelvin periodically check to reassure himself that the research station's air circulatory system is working?

6. Describe Kelvin's first view of Solaris.

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

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

9. What does Kelvin do before removing his spacesuit?

10. What is Snow's reaction to Kelvin's description of Rheya as a woman he once loved who killed herself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Solaris is written in the first person point of view, from Kelvin's perspective. Discuss point of view in Solaris.

1) Kelvin enters the Solaris research in the middle of the action, when Gibarian is already dead. Why does the author choose to begin with Kelvin's arrival into an already ongoing situation?

2) The first person point of view restricts the reader's knowledge to Kelvin's thoughts and perception. Why does the author choose this point of view?

3) Why does the author focus on Kelvin as a character and Kelvin's interaction with his visitor, to the exclusion of the other visitors?

Essay Topic 2

The ocean of Solaris is a life form that is inexplicable both from a physics perspective and from a human consciousness perspective.

1) Can mankind ever understand anything that's truly different from itself, and does this preclude an understanding of Solaris?

2) Do any of the explanations advanced for Solaris' ocean define it outside of the context of humanity, or are they all reflections of human experience?

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate Rheya's individuality and separateness from Kelvin.

1) Why can't Rheya leave Kelvin's sight when she first appears, and why does she grow more physically independent the longer she exists?

2) Does Rheya merely reflect Kelvin's deepest memories, thoughts, and beliefs, or is she separate from him?

3) Does Rheya become an individual over the course of the story, or is she trapped into being a reflection of Kelvin's thoughts and memories?

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