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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 the voice warn Kelvin about, in his dream?
2. What does Kelvin awake to hear in the middle of the night?
3. What odd action does Kelvin notice Snow is performing?
4. What does Kelvin want to do after he realizes Rheya is truly gone?
5. How long will it take to receive a reply from Earth?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Rheya choose the method she uses to try to kill herself?
2. Describe an extensor.
3. Describe a mimoid.
4. What is Snow's response to Sartorius' new experiment?
5. Why does Kelvin go to the library?
6. How does Snow describe Rheya's final moments?
7. What does Snow call Rheya?
8. What does Snow say that Sartorius wants to do to the ocean?
9. What book does Kelvin read in the library?
10. How does Kelvin imagine his return to Earth?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss desire, shame, and secrets in the novel.
1) The scientists experience great shame about their visitors. Sartorius hides his visitor in his room. Snow hides his in a locker and never gives a hint of his, her, or its nature. Gibarian kills himself to prevent the discovery of his visitor by the others. Why do the scientists experience such great shame?
2) Kelvin desires Rheya, but he is also overcome with guilt and horror by her. Do the other scientists also desire their visitors at some level? What does this say about the relationship of desire and shame?
3) Why do the characters keep secrets from each other in the novel? Why do the scientists hide their visitors, even though the others can't know the deep-seated emotional connotations connected with those visitors?
Essay Topic 2
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?
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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