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. Why is Roger worried about the evening's broadcast?

2. How is Kreton dressed?

3. What event did Kreton want to see?

4. To where does Tom lead Reba and Roger to show them the spacecraft?

5. How do Tom Powers and Roger know one another?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Kreton's statement about the food Ellen brings indicate about his position on eating meat?

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

3. What happens when Powers threatens to take Kreton's ship apart?

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

5. What plans do Ellen and Conrad have, and what are they planning to tell the others at dinner?

6. Ellen accuses Kreton of being a vampire of emotions. Do you agree?

7. Why does Kreton view his race as superior?

8. Explain where Kreton lives.

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

10. Explain why Kreton's race no longer multiplies.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 notes in the play that humans have an odd view of sex, in that they treat it as a taboo subject, while openly admitting their love for violence and death. Choose one of the following to write about.

1. Sex and violence are linked throughout the novel in several areas. Describe one of these situations. What was happening in the book? How are sex and violence linked? Why? What was the author trying to say?

2. Kreton notes that sex is a taboo subject. Is this true? Why? What makes human beings treat the topic of sex as they do? Is this logical? Why or why not?

3. Ellen notes that human beings think of sex often. Is this true? If so, why? If not, why would Ellen say this? Why is it okay to think about sex, but not to discuss it? What was the author trying to say about the attitudes of society toward sex?

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