Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
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?
Kreton explains that his race is superior to humans, in that they no longer have passion. Discuss your thoughts on his statement. Does Kreton seem superior to you? Why or why not? What benefits do emotions have for humans? Are there any downfalls? What would life be like without passion? Is this an improvement? Why or why not? Be sure to include information from the play in your answers.
One of the themes that runs through the play is the infatuation of the characters with sex. Ellen, Conrad, Reba, and the aide all think at various times in the novel of sex and sexual relations. Vidal seems to use the play to explore the attitudes of Americans in the time period toward sex.
Choose one of the following options and address/discuss the questions:
1. Give several examples of what the characters in the play think of sex. Is it portrayed as a method of procreation, or an enjoyable pastime? What are the symbolic links presented? Why are these important?
2. Ellen notes that sex is a taboo subject, although is it always on the mind. Kreton notes the oddity of sex as taboo while violence is widespread. What do you think of that argument? Is Kreton right? Why do we treat these subjects as we do? What makes sex so taboo?
3. The concept of sex has drastically changed since the writing of the play. Compare and contrast the concept of sex as it was in the 1950s to current notions. What are similarities? What are differences? What caused the shift in perspective?
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