The Neutronium Alchemist Conflict Test | Final 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. On what does Quinn torture and crucify a Christian priest?

2. Who says goodbye to Sinon before he leaves for Ombey?

3. When Louise, Genevieve and Fletcher arrive at the High York asteroid, who meets them at the spaceport?

4. While Jay is playing with Hailie, what subject do they discuss at length?

5. What is the weapon that Joshua has to destroy that Mzu tells him how to reach?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Quinn's officers afraid of him?

2. Why is Bonney intent on killing Dariat?

3. What is the power inherent in the Alchemist?

4. What happens when a possessed goes to zero tau?

5. How does Quinn view the planet Nyvan from above like a prophet?

6. Why are the Edenists willing to accept the hellhawk in Chapter 13?

7. How does Quinn's operations room evoke images of genocide?

8. How have the main characters of Mzu, Joshua, Liol, Samuel, Monica, and others grown by the end of the novel?

9. What could have the different factions on Nyvan achieved if they cooperated instead of bickered over Mzu?

10. Why does Monica press a gun to Joshua's back after escaping the basin?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of good versus evil appears throughout the book. Who in your opinion is good? Who is bad? Why? Do these characters change over time? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Hamilton uses more than one instance of irony in "The Neutronium Alchemist Conflict." Cite at least two examples you can identify in the book and note why they are examples of irony.

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