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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 does Jill cover for when she stays in Michael's room?

2. How does Jill go to meet Ben?

3. What do Martians work on most?

4. What happens to the adult crews on Mars before this book begins?

5. What does Ben suggest to Jill?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Michael say about his ability to make things disappear?

2. What kind of writing does Jubal Hershaw do and how does he do it?

3. What does Captain Tromp do with Michael when he returns to earth?

4. What has Michael curious about Jill and what does she do?

5. How does Jubal feel about Michael's abilities and what does he do?

6. What does Mrs. Douglas do after her talk with her husband?

7. What happens when Madame Alexandra Vesant tries to cast Michael's chart and what does she say?

8. How does Jill get Michael out of the hospital and where do they go?

9. How many levels of his being can Michael control and what does he do in a dormant state?

10. What happens to Ben after he leaves the hospital?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Michael's experience of seeing the Atlantic Ocean almost overwhelms him. The reason that water is used in ceremony on Mars is that the liquid is very scarce. Trying to fathom the immensity of an ocean is difficult for earthlings who have never experienced one, and a million times more difficult for Michael, who has not seen much more than a cup of water in his life.

1. What do you think it would be like to see something as rare as water on Mars? Use an example to support your statement.

2. When an item is in extreme abundance, it is not treated the same as rare items, e.g. gold versus water. Do you think the abundance of water on this planet contributes to humans polluting it? Why or why not?

3. What do you think would happen if the Martians discovered how much water is on Earth? Use your imagination.

Essay Topic 2

All human behavior, all human motivations, all man's hopes and fears, were heavily colored and largely controlled by mankind's tragic and oddly beautiful pattern of reproduction.

1. Why do you think human motivations and cultures would be so influenced by reproduction?

2. How do you think the animals on earth are influenced by reproduction?

3. If humans began to reproduce strictly by science how do you think that would change humanity?

Essay Topic 3

Heinlein introduces a highly important Martian ritual, the sharing of water. This results in the creation of water brothers, people who are tightly coupled beyond the concepts of friendship and marriage.

1. Describe a human ceremony which may be a less tightly bonded version of the water brothers. Compare the two.

2. Do you think that a short ceremony, such as the sharing of water can bond people together? Why or why not?

3. How has the concept of water sharing illustrated the problems with communication between two alien cultures? Use examples from the book or history to support your answer.

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