Starship Troopers 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. Who writes Rico a letter?

2. Why are pilots mostly women?

3. What is the name of the acting platoon sergeant?

4. Why does Rico's father not want Rico to enlist in the army?

5. How many lashes does Rico receive?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Rico's responsibility in Chapter 6?

2. What is the troop's mission?

3. What does Jejal tell his troops?

4. Summarize Chapter 1.

5. How does Zim respond to Hendrick's criticism of him?

6. Describe Sergeant Zim.

7. Why does the fleet sergeant think Rico has done well to joint the MI?

8. What do the power suits enable a soldier to do?

9. What does Rico's father want him to do instead of the army?

10. Describe the three types of suits.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In 1998 Starship Troopers was made into a film directed by Paul Verhoeven. How different is the film from the book? Why do you think Verhoeven changed the ideas from the book so much? Could he have successfully made a film that was more directly like the book?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) How does Heinlein use character and dialogue to drive the narrative?

2) Discuss elements of the narrative structure; exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution, and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the novel's themes?

3) Away from the main character Henderson, examine the way Heinlein uses the other characters in the story. When does he introduce and take them away from the story? What effect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 3

How will Rico's character change now he is becoming more disciplined as a person? Would Rico have leaned discipline if he had gone to Harvard University instead of the army? Do the students think such discipline is necessary for everyday life? How will Rico cope once he is back in society?

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