The Neutronium Alchemist Conflict Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Peter F. Hamilton
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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 is the name of the gang lord that Quinn Dexter meets?

2. What kind of universe is the "The Neutronium Alchemist" set in?

3. Which kingdom wishes Confederation help in removing the possessed from Mortonridge on Ombey?

4. Who does Kiera think that Bonney should seek out and kill?

5. When Erick is debriefed by the local CNIS after his trip with the crew of the Villeneuve's Revenge, what is he given to travel with?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Syrinx considered a tourist?

2. What does Capone miscalculate about the people of the Confederation?

3. How do Joshua and the people of Ayacucho respond to near-death experiences?

4. What does the Admiral feel that any war fought against Capone will create?

5. To whom does Capone appeal before going to war in the Confederation, and what is his message?

6. What is the worst fear that Edenists have about death?

7. How are the DeadKnights described in Chapter 1?

8. Why does the younger generation fear the agencies looking for Mzu?

9. How does Quinn verify in his own mind the existence of a dark entity?

10. How do the younger generation of the Garissan refugees differ from the older one?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Zero-tau is a form of stasis that will freeze a person or thing in the space-time-continuum. How does time move and change as a result? Which characters express this and in what ways? How is sensory feeling suspended?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the novel's title. What did Hamilton mean by calling the book "The Neutronium Alchemist Conflict"? Cite an example or examples to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Intuition has particular significance in "The Neutronium Alchemist Conflict." What is the significance of having intuition in the story? Who chases after intuition? Who has intuition? Who loses intuition? Who gains intuition? What does Hamilton ultimately say about intuition through the characters of Calvert and Mzu and what is the importance of this discovery and the characters' role?

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