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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 kind of ritual does Quinn conduct on Jesup to bind his followers to him?
2. When Samuel and Monica arrive at Nyvan, what asteroid do they find has been given up to the possessed?
3. When Lady Mac arrives at the star system containing the ship Beezling, what is also contained in the ship that is important?
4. Who does Baranovich throw to death from a walkway inside the foundry?
5. What is Jamrana?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are some advantages that the possessed have over the living?
2. Why is Rocio uncomfortable with the idea of working with the Edenists?
3. How have the main characters of Mzu, Joshua, Liol, Samuel, Monica, and others grown by the end of the novel?
4. What could have the different factions on Nyvan achieved if they cooperated instead of bickered over Mzu?
5. Why are the Edenists willing to accept the hellhawk in Chapter 13?
6. How is Quinn's deranged mental state evident in the bloody massacre of Dwyer?
7. What happens when a possessed is killed?
8. Why does Monica press a gun to Joshua's back after escaping the basin?
9. How does Quinn's operations room evoke images of genocide?
10. Why do Dariat and Rubra want to fuse their powers?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Hamilton uses some important instances of foreshadowing in "The Neutronium Alchemist Conflict." Explain what foreshadowing is and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an example of foreshadowing.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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