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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
Kreton notes in the play that humans have an odd view of sex, in that they treat it as a taboo subject, while openly admitting their love for violence and death. Choose one of the following to write about.
1. Sex and violence are linked throughout the novel in several areas. Describe one of these situations. What was happening in the book? How are sex and violence linked? Why? What was the author trying to say?
2. Kreton notes that sex is a taboo subject. Is this true? Why? What makes human beings treat the topic of sex as they do? Is this logical? Why or why not?
3. Ellen notes that human beings think of sex often. Is this true? If so, why? If not, why would Ellen say this? Why is it okay to think about sex, but not to discuss it? What was the author trying to say about the attitudes of society toward sex?
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
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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