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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. What causes Reba to be suspicious of Ellen and Conrad's activities?

2. Why does Kreton claim he needs to lay down?

3. What does Ellen say she would like to do that is important?

4. What does Kreton note he has decided he will do to the world?

5. Which uniform does Kreton say he prefers?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Kreton knows being found by Delton 4 would be difficult.

2. Explain Powers' complaint at the beginning of the play in terms of what he has been given as responsibility, and who he blames for the change.

3. Delton 4 promises to turn time backward, so that none of the events in the play occurred. What good things will thus be erased, as well?

4. Was Kreton an evil character? Why or why not?

5. Do you think Powers should be directing any military action, knowing he has never been in battle? Why or why not?

6. Why does the fight excite Kreton?

7. What does Kreton's statement about the food Ellen brings indicate about his position on eating meat?

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

9. Why is Ellen unable to lift the case with her mind the first time she tries?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In the play, martial law is declares as part of security measures. Discuss the following in terms of martial law in the play:

Part 1. Who declares Martial law in the play? Why? What is the purpose of martial law in the play?

Part 2. What are the consequences of such a declaration on the inhabitants of the Spelding household? On Conrad? On Kreton? On viewers of Roger's broadcast?

Part 3. Do you think martial law is fair to innocent individuals such as the Speldings? If so, what are your justifications? If not, what would your alternate solution be to keep from having international panic?

Essay Topic 2

In the play, Kreton notes several times that humans are addicted to violence. Do you agree? Why or why not? What elements in society tend to perpetuate that viewpoint? What elements refute it? Why? Do you feel that our society is one of violence? Has the world become more violent since the writing of the play? Why or why not? What does this indicate about Kreton's statement?

Essay Topic 3

What do you think Vidal was trying to say about the political situation of the world in the 1950s? Why? What are possible reasons for this? What was he trying to say about the U.S. government? About the Russian government? Be sure to be very specific in your answer, and include information from the book to back your argument.

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