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. What does Kreton admit he can do with time?

2. What does Powers send his Captain to go do before he speaks to Kreton?

3. Which uniform does Kreton say he prefers?

4. What does Powers explain UFO stands for?

5. What does Roger believe Kreton belongs to?

Short Essay Questions

1. Kreton tells Conrad that humans are "blood thirsty savages." Do you believe this is true?

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

3. Why does the aide think of when his thoughts are broadcast? What is the result?

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

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

6. Why does the fight excite Kreton?

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

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

9. Why does Kreton view his race as superior?

10. What does Powers tell Roger about the reality of the UFO, and why does he threaten to indict Roger under the Revised Espionage Act?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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