Visit to a Small Planet Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Topics

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

Kreton and Ellen represent dueling forces in "Visit to a Small Planet" and have a major impact on the lives of the other characters in the play.

Part 1. Compare and contrast the characters of Kreton and Ellen by the end of the play. How are these characters the same? How are they different? What changes do the go through as the play moves forward?

Part 2. What would the result have been if Ellen's character had not evolved through the play? Be sure to use information from the novel to discuss your answer.

Part 3. What are the motivations for the actions of each of the characters? Are these motivations similar or different? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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