Solaris 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. How does Kelvin introduce Rheya?

2. What is Kelvin's mood following the experiment?

3. What do Snow and Kelvin send to Earth?

4. What does Snow tell Kelvin when Kelvin regains consciousness after he finds Rheya missing?

5. What third person does Kelvin think about during the brainwave recording?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rheya want from Kelvin, after she listens to the tape recorder?

2. How does Kelvin imagine his return to Earth?

3. What reason does Kelvin give for wanting to go off the station?

4. What does Rheya say in her suicide note?

5. What does Snow call Rheya?

6. Why does Kelvin go to the library?

7. How does Rheya sign her suicide note?

8. Why doesn't Kelvin share his doubts about the upcoming experiment with Rheya?

9. Describe Sartorius' speech to Kelvin before the experiment.

10. What does Snow say that Sartorius wants to do to the ocean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel Solaris, the ocean is depicted as a mirror that shows humanity, on some level, only a reflection of itself, perhaps without even realizing it.

1) Is it possible that Solaris has no real consciousness but is a kind of machine that throws back to the scientists images of their own minds?

2) Is humanity incapable of seeing in Solaris anything but itself, no matter what the truth of Solaris' consciousness may be?

3) Does Solaris show the scientists at any point anything beyond what's in their own minds?

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

What does the novel say about unknowability? Discuss whether the nature of Solaris' ocean is knowable, based on external information, which is the only information available to humans. Discuss whether the nature of another human being is knowable, also based on the external information that is the only information available to others. Is it possible to truly know one's self, even though an individual is privy to his or her own private life? Use examples from the novel, and explain the author's point of view in your analysis.

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