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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 many levels of his being does Michael control?

2. What happens to the surviving nymphs?

3. What does Douglas find out at the Council Chamber?

4. What does Mrs. Douglas decide to do?

5. Where do Larry and Jill put Michael?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does it mean when Jill does as Michael insists?

3. How do Martians reproduce?

4. What does Jubal have Michael do during the Martian anthem and how does Michael address the assembly?

5. Who meets Michael and the rest at the Fosterite church and what does Michael do with the slot machines?

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

7. What does the book say about human behavior and reproduction?

8. What does Duke brag about in relation to Michael and what does Jubal tell him?

9. What does Ben tell Jill about Michael's financial state?

10. What does Gillian decide to do at the hospital one day and how does she do it?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

To Michael and the Martians, no religion exists. Only the truth exists, and every Martian knows what this is. Religion has no word or concept on Mars.

1. Do you think the world would be different without religion? Why or why not?

2. Do you think the religion of a particular country is reflected in its culture? Why or why not?

3. If you were God looking at all the religions of the earth, what would you think? Use examples from history to illustrate your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The fact that Michael is an ultra-rich young man in a vulnerable position is intriguing and frightening. He can easily be taken for all his wealth by even an incompetent crook. The ramifications of being the owner of Mars may bring on political dangers. It may be easier to assassinate than negotiate.

1. How do you think people would be able to harm Michael in his circumstances? If you met Michael knowing about his wealth, would it affect your opinion of him? Why or why not?

2. Imagine you are Michael. What would you do with your position and money?

3. Do you think it's fair that Michael should own all of the assets of every member of the Envoy crew? Why or why not?

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