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 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.
Throughout the novel, Vidal suggests, through Kreton, that mankind is savage, violent, blood thirsty, and always ready for war. Do you think this is true? Why or why not? Based on the characters presented in the novel, do you believe Vidal portrayed his characters to agree or disagree with this notion? Why? Which characters represent an affinity for war, and which represent opposition to war? Why? Is Kreton correct in his assumptions, based on the character's actions, that humans are blood thirsty? Why or why not?
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?
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