Solaris Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Solaris 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. What nickname does Snow ask Kelvin to call him?

2. What happens to Kelvin's arm?

3. What book can't Kelvin find in Gibarian's room?

4. What does Kelvin do after he showers and changes?

5. What does Snow say about Kelvin's arrival?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Kelvin react emotionally to the two sundresses on the floor?

2. What is Gibarian's reaction to the eerie sound of footsteps echoing through the station?

3. What do the scientists see when the cover falls off Sartorius' video phone?

4. Why does Snow say the Polytherian forms are so dangerous?

5. Describe the view of Solaris that Kelvin first sees from his room.

6. Who was the first human to die in Solaris's ocean?

7. Describe the person Kelvin is shocked to see go into Gibarian's room.

8. Is Kelvin on time for his meeting with Snow?

9. What does Snow say that mankind is seeking in outer space?

10. Was Gibarian dead when Snow found him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At a sub-molecular level, Rheya is not human. Yet, on a normal level, Rheya is indistinguishable from a human being. Discuss Rheya's status as a person.

1) Is it possible that Rheya has no real "thought" process and is merely mimicking the behavior of a sentient creature? How would Kelvin know?

2) Should Rheya be treated as a person, with the rights and privileges of a human being? To what extent is she a person?

3) Could Rheya know if her thought process was fundamentally completely different from others', as long as her actions were human-like, and would it matter?

Essay Topic 2

Kelvin has complex emotions about the original Rheya, and these emotions are further complicated by the appearance of a new, duplicate Rheya. Kelvin first destroys one Rheya in a panic, and then wants to save the next. What does Kelvin really want? Discuss Kelvin's ambivalent feelings toward Rheya.

1) How do Kelvin's feelings of guilt and love for the first Rheya affect his attitude to the duplicate Rheyas?

2) Is it possible for Kelvin to distinguish his feelings for the Rheya of Solaris from his feelings for and memories of the original Rheya?

3) On a fundamental level, does Kelvin want Rheya to be there, or does he not want her to be there?

Essay Topic 3

The ocean of Solaris is a life form that is inexplicable both from a physics perspective and from a human consciousness perspective.

1) Can mankind ever understand anything that's truly different from itself, and does this preclude an understanding of Solaris?

2) Do any of the explanations advanced for Solaris' ocean define it outside of the context of humanity, or are they all reflections of human experience?

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