Visit to a Small Planet Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. To where does Tom lead Reba and Roger to show them the spacecraft?

2. How many other members of Kreton's race have visited Earth?

3. What piece of equipment does Powers ask about in terms of the ship?

4. What does Kreton seem to affectionately call the people in the house?

5. What does Ellen tell the family she and Conrad are doing in Richmond?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reasons does Kreton give for coming to Earth?

2. Is Kreton well-organized? Why?

3. Why does Kreton have a difficult time explaining how long it took him to reach Earth?

4. What is Kreton's response to the question of whether his people are there to establish trade? Communications?

5. What does Kreton do at the end of the Act that show his intentions?

6. Why is Powers upset he is in charge of the Kreton project?

7. Describe the interview with Powers by Roger.

8. What topics are discussed by Kreton and Rosemary?

9. Describe the machine Powers invented for laundry.

10. Does Kreton seem to understand the intricate details of human relationships?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nationalism is another theme that is present throughout the play. How is nationalism represented in the play? What is the result of this nationalism? How does this affect the storyline? What does this mean for the characters? Discuss nationalism not only from the aspect of the characters, but of Kreton too. He relies on nationalism to help him achieve his plan. What is in his way? Why?

Essay Topic 2

In the play, Kreton admits his race no longer has sex as a result of the immortal status. What does this mean for his race, in terms of personal relationships? Do you think relationships would be as rewarding without sex or passion? Why? Could this explain Kreton's lack of moral behaviors? Why or why not? What would a lack of personal relationships do, psychologically, to an individual? Why?

Essay Topic 3

In the play, Kreton is treated by the government as property, and told he is to function as a weapon. However, Kreton admits he is a mammal, for all intensive purposes, and it is clear he is a living, thinking individual.

Part 1. Discuss how Kreton's ability to limit his emotions could help him function as a weapon of the United States. Conversely, without emotion, discuss how Kreton could function against his purpose as a weapon. Be sure to use elements of Kreton's personality as presented in the play in your answer.

Part 2. Do you think the use of a living, thinking mammal as a possession and a weapon is a moral thing to do? Why or why not? Be sure to include elements of the play in your answer.

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