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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 piece of equipment does Powers ask about in terms of the ship?

2. Why is Conrad forced to spend the night?

3. What problem do Reba and Roger have with watching Roger's television appearance?

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

5. What does Conrad ask Ellen to do after discussing his dreams about them on a farm?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kreton view his race as superior?

2. In the end of the play, who is (are) the only character(s) who end(s) up being selfless?

3. Based on Kreton's comments to Powers about the impending war, does Kreton really plan to win for the United States quickly?

4. Describe Kreton's appearance.

5. Powers has an infatuation with laundry. Describe his conversation with Kreton about the topic.

6. Why does the fight excite Kreton?

7. What reasons does Kreton give for coming to Earth?

8. Describe what Conrad says occurred during the night with Roger.

9. Why is Reba concerned about the marriage of Ellen and Conrad.

10. Is Powers' treatment of the aide justified? Why or why not?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Set design is imperative in conveying a specific sense of time and place within any play. Choose one of the following to discuss.

1. Choose one particular room in the set design. Explain all elements of the set, including the props, and explain how those elements are used to describe both the time and the place of the play.

2. Go through each room in the set, and choose one piece in each room that, alone, could convey a sense of time and space. What is the element? How does it function as an indicator of time and space? What else could it represent?

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