The Children of Men 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 are Theo's thoughts towards England holding a general election?

2. What is Theo's opinion of the Chief Inspector at the end of Chapter 17?

3. What does Theo eat at the inn?

4. How does the author describe the drawing on the Five Fishes' pamphlet that Theo has been delivered?

5. What are the legal requirements regarding newborn domestic animals?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the flagellants in the park and what do they represent of society?

2. Describe the incident of the woman with the doll in Chapter 6.

3. Why do you think Theo is repulsed so much by the Quietus, even though it seems to be his society's norm?

4. What day does Theo receive his invitation to Helena's home? How does he feel towards her new life?

5. What is Xan's underlying message to Theo in their conversation in Chapter 13?

6. Does Theo have pleasant memories of his original trip to Blythburgh with his family? Why is it then ironic that he is there the second time?

7. How does Theo think Xan will respond to the notice from the Five Fishes? If Theo never leaves the Council, could he be more help to Julian?

8. What does Theo find in his mail two weeks after meeting Julian to discuss his meeting with Xan? What is his opinion of it?

9. How does Theo try to sway Julian away from her plans, and how does she defend her motives?

10. How does Theo recollect his relationship with Xan?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of the elderly is a major theme in the book. Discuss this role, and what it says about our society. Use examples from the book to support your claims.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss some of the conflicts between or within characters that occurred throughout the book. How do these conflicts affect the characters that lived them? How are they changed and how do they remain the same? Do these conflicts seem worthy or petty, especially in comparison to the actions and realities of the book?

Essay Topic 3

One theme of the book is the human ability to persevere with compassion, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Discuss where you saw compassion in the behavior of the characters. Who surprises you the most with their compassion? Who do you expect to see more from?

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