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 long do asymmetriads last?

2. Where does the station travel to repeat the experiment?

3. What result does Kelvin note that Sartorius' experiment has?

4. What does Rheya say when Kelvin asks where she went the previous night?

5. What odd action does Kelvin notice Snow is performing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Kelvin want to open a communications channel to the shuttle he launched?

2. What book does Kelvin read in the library?

3. What is Snow's response to Sartorius' new experiment?

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

5. Describe an extensor.

6. Describe a mimoid.

7. How does Snow describe Rheya's final moments?

8. What formation does Kelvin see as the ship travels to the polar region of Solaris?

9. How does Kelvin imagine his return to Earth?

10. What reasons does Kelvin have not to tell Rheya what she wants to know?

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

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

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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