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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. For what other occupations is Jubal educated?

2. What does Ben suggest to Jill?

3. What does Jubal do when the police arrive?

4. Where does Jill find Michael?

5. What does Michael do when Douglas asks him to sign a document?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jill tell Jubal about Ben and what does he do?

3. What is Michael curious about after watching the Fosterites on television and what does Jubal find out?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 Martians are not human, nor can they ever be due to their detached sexuality. This could mean that if they ever get around to grokking humans, the Martians may decide that the universe is better off without us, a theme sometimes thought of in our own society.

1. What reasons do you think the Martians might find to kill off the human race? Use examples from the book and your life to support your position.

2. You are a Martian and a member of the council deciding on the fate of humans. Write an essay convincing the other members the human race is worth saving.

3. Do you believe two alien races, who are as different from each other as the "Martians" and humans could ever understand each other? Why or why not?

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