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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 state his species doesn't do that humans do that he gives as a reason for not being able to explain his origins?

2. According to Kreton, how many continents are on Earth?

3. Where does the spaceship land?

4. What is above the television in the study?

5. What does Roger tell Ellen to marry for?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Ellen claim in Act II she cannot marry Roger?

2. Kreton notes the best scientific discoveries, including the atom bomb, radar, and lunch meat, were all discovered during war. Is this true?

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

4. Do you think Powers should be directing any military action, knowing he has never been in battle? Why or why not?

5. What is Kreton's response to the question of whether his people are there to establish trade? Communications?

6. What are the limitations placed on the Speldings as a result of Kreton's presence?

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

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

9. 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.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nationalism is another theme that is present throughout the play. How is nationalism represented in the play? What is the result of this nationalism? How does this affect the storyline? What does this mean for the characters? Discuss nationalism not only from the aspect of the characters, but of Kreton too. He relies on nationalism to help him achieve his plan. What is in his way? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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