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. Why does Roger believe he has different rights than others?

2. What trait does Kreton say is endearing in Earthlings?

3. What does Kreton put around the ship?

4. What does Conrad use as a name for hotel reservations at the Jefferson Davis?

5. What power does Kreton have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kreton do to try and entice Conrad to join the fight?

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

3. What plans do Ellen and Conrad have, and what are they planning to tell the others at dinner?

4. Kreton states he envies humans for being imperfect. Why do you think he says that?

5. Throughout the novel, Reba has been concerned about things other than an alien presence. What issues have been of concern for her?

6. What happened when Conrad and Ellen tried to check into a hotel?

7. Is the use of Kreton as a governmental weapon right?

8. How does raising the rifles in the world help to start a war?

9. Kreton notes that war is the specialty of humans. Is this true?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Kreton argues that human beings are particularly adept at war, and that they specialize in it.

Part 1. Do you agree with Kreton? Why or why not? What makes us, as humans, good at war?

Part 2. Kreton also notes major scientific discoveries are found during war. Why is this true? What causes discoveries to be found during war? Does this argue for the use of war as a method of technological advancement? Why or why not? Would these discoveries have been made outside of war? Why?

Part 3. History is full of records of war. Why do humans engage in wars? What are some of the causes? Does this support or refute Kreton's position that humans specialize in war? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The role of women in "modern" society is another theme that runs throughout the novel. Reba and Ellen play two drastically different characters in the play, and Vidal seems to be representing two sides of the same coin with their behaviors. Compare and contrast the roles of Ellen and Reba to discover their representation of women in the novel. What are their reactions to things? Why do they react the way they do? What does this say about their representation of women? Do their behaviors change? Why or why not?

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