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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 Ben decide to do after he watches the interview on television?

2. Where does Jill hide a tape recorder in Michael's room?

3. Why does Ben want to meet secretly?

4. How did the Martians feel about releasing Michael?

5. Why is Jubal frightened for Duke?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Bishop Digby do at the church service and afterwards and what does Michael do?

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

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

6. What does Gillian give Michael and what does he insist she do?

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

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

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

10. What do Jill and Michael do when they join a carnival and what happens with that?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The argument between Duke and Jubal gives Heinlein a platform from which to explore the attitudes of the American culture.

1. How do you think other cultures view American culture? Support your view with examples.

2. Have you ever been exposed to another culture? If so, what did you think about it? Use examples from your experience to illustrate your thoughts. If you've never been exposed to another culture would you like to go to another country? Why or why not?

3. Pretend you have met aliens from another world and they are following you around for a day. Explain your day to them as to someone who has never been on this world.

Essay Topic 2

Legally Ben can do nothing but report the news and write op-ed pieces for the paper. His aggressive attempt to see the Man from Mars results in nothing conclusive and only serves to bring attention to himself from an untrustworthy government.

1. What do you think people can do if a government is not honest? Use examples from the book and/or from real life in the 21st century.

2. Why do you think reporters risk their lives to obtain a story? Use an example from life today to support your position.

Essay Topic 3

A police officer compares a picture to Jill and calls for her arrest. Michael makes him and two other officers who were running toward her to disappear. The wrongness escalates, and soon Michael causes both police vehicles and all the officers to disappear.

1. Do you believe Michael's actions were justified? Why or why not?

2. Do you believe now that Michael has killed so many people he should be put to death? Why or why not?

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