The Three-Body Problem Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Cixin Liu
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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 was Wen Jie's profession?

2. What satellite is launched at the Red Coast in Chapter 12, "Red Coast II"?

3. Ye Wenjie discovers in college that it is useless to excel at theory without what in astrophysics?

4. What was Wu Han's profession?

5. What does Captain Shi Qiang tell Wang he believes someone is working behind the scenes to accomplish in Chapter 10, "Da Shi"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What setting is established in Chapter 4, “The Frontiers of Science"? How much time has passed as Part II: "Three-Body" begins?

2. Describe the narrative style in The Three-Body Problem. Does the narrative style change in the course of the novel?

3. What has happened to Ye Wenjie's daughter in the novel?

4. What satellites are described in Chapter 9, "The Universe Flickers"?

5. Where is Ye Wenjie taken by helicopter in Chapter 3, "Red Coast I"? Why?

6. What does Shi relate to Wang regarding the academic community in Chapter 10, "Da Shi"?

7. When did the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution take place? Why is it important in The Three-Body Problem?

8. What is revealed in the "Translator's Notes" in Chapter 1, "The Madness Years"?

9. What is the significance of the literary allusions to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in the novel?

10. What does Ye Wenjie remark about potential alien contact in Chapter 14, "Red Coast IV"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the dynamics of the Earth-Trisolaris Movement. Who formed this movement? What different factions break off within the movement? What do each of these factions believe?

Essay Topic 2

Why is Ye Wenjie taken to the Red Coast Base? What leads her to work at the base? What kind of work does she do on the base?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's exploration of history in The Three-Body Problem. What are some historical figures that appear in the novel? Why do they appear? How is history explored thematically?

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