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

2. What kind of duty will Duchamp offer Capone's cargo?

3. What do Voi and Mzu sneak out on, avoiding the security blocks in the spaceport, to head to a place with military industrial facilities?

4. Who manages to make his way to the asteroid Koblat, hoping to find a ship there that will take him to Valisk?

5. Who is Tatiana in relationship to Anastasia?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Capone embody instead of instill fear for the people of the Confederation?

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

3. What does Ralph struggle with letting go of when the government presses him?

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

5. While Rubra feels responsibility for the people he cares for and protects, are his motives altruistic?

6. How is Joshua different from the Edenists?

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

8. How is Joshua similar to Syrinx?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Technology is a recurring theme in "The Neutronium Alchemist Conflict." What advancements occur in technology? Describe some of the tools, equipment, and changes. How accurate are they? Do these changes result in positive or negative consequences?

Essay Topic 2

Power in society is a prevailing theme of "The Neutronium Alchemist Conflict." Hamilton frequently refers to this theme, painting the picture of scholarly knowledge being rewarded by power. Which characters appear honest and which appear corrupt and why? Which characters appear to rise above corruption even if they were initially vulnerable to it? What is your opinion of the society that Hamilton describes?

Essay Topic 3

Psychic phenomena is another important theme of Hamilton's book. Where and how are these phenomena revealed and in what ways? Do they change over time? Do they evoke certain emotions in characters and do they promote change or transformation?

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