Stranger in a Strange Land 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. What does Jubal Hershaw write?

2. How does Michael appear to Duke?

3. How do Martians begin life?

4. How does Gillian get in to see Michael?

5. How does Jubal Hershaw write?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Ben do to try to get to talk to Michael and how does that turn out?

4. What does Ben do with a tape of Michael's room and what is on it?

5. What bothers Duke about Michael and how does Jubal handle it?

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

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

8. What does Ben ask Jill to do at the hospital and how does she do it?

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

10. What is grokking and how did Michael learn it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In carnival slang, a blowout is an ending act that leaves the crowd impressed and willing to buy. Patty, with her extensive carnival experience, correctly identifies Michael's martyrdom as the quintessential blowout.

1. Why do you think Michael chose to end his life in this way? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. Do you think the way Michael died will affect the church? How?

3. How did you feel about the way Michael's friends reacted to his death?

Essay Topic 2

Tromp insists that Michael not only needs time to adjust physically but mentally and emotionally too.

1. Write a brief description on how you think you might feel if you were raised by non-humans and were suddenly pushed into human culture.

2. What kinds of emotional and mental adjusting do you think Michael needs? Use examples from the book to support your opinion.

3. Do you think it is realistic to believe Michael could adapt to human society given his age when he first encounters it? Explain your answer and use examples from the book to support it.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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