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 Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
There is a scene in the play in which Kreton is served breakfast by Ellen, which consists, in part, of bacon. Answer the following in relation to that scene.
1. What is Kreton's reaction to the bacon? Why? What is Ellen's response? What does this say about Ellen's opinions of eating meat? What does this say about Kreton's opinions of eating meat? What was Vidal trying to say by having the "superior" creature refuse to eat meat? Why?
Essay Topic 3
Throughout the novel, Vidal suggests, through Kreton, that mankind is savage, violent, blood thirsty, and always ready for war. Do you think this is true? Why or why not? Based on the characters presented in the novel, do you believe Vidal portrayed his characters to agree or disagree with this notion? Why? Which characters represent an affinity for war, and which represent opposition to war? Why? Is Kreton correct in his assumptions, based on the character's actions, that humans are blood thirsty? Why or why not?
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