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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

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

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 3

Kreton manipulates individuals throughout the novel in an effort to force them to create the world he originally envisioned when he envisioned Earth. Choose of the following manipulative situations to discuss.

1. Describe the situation where Kreton uses the thoughts of the aide to push Conrad into fighting. What was the aide thinking? Why did this bother Conrad? Is the fact that Conrad tried to hit the aide proof that Kreton is correct that humans are naturally violent? Or was Conrad abnormally motivated to violence by Kreton's manipulation? Why? Be sure to support your ideas with the book.

2. Describe the situation where Kreton uses the fight between Conrad and the aide to convince Ellen to marry Conrad. What was the fight about? Why did this change Ellen's opinion of marrying Conrad? Is the fact that Ellen married Conrad only after his show of violence proof that humans are violent creatures? Or was Ellen abnormally motivated to marry by Kreton's manipulation? Why? Be sure to support your ideas with the book.

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