8. Mention one way in which the motif of lack of personal freedom is linked to the motif of kindness and compassion in the novel.
Sophie, a blasphemy, lacked much personal freedom as opposed to normal children of her age. However, when she first came upon David at the bank, he invited her to play with him. Even after David discovered her sixth toe, he continued to play with her and share his kindness and compassion.
9. Explain the Sealand woman's comments about the extreme Badlands.
As the Sealand lady travels across the Badlands, she expresses her bewilderment at the dreadful condition in which the Badland lays in. For instance, she describes the desolate stretches miles across, where the ground looks as if it has been fused into black glass. She further goes on by wondering what could have been done to create such a terrible result. She reasons out that it was people with tremendous power who went insane and induced such devastating effects on land. Here she is referring to the use of nuclear weapons.
10. All novels have a theme. What is the major theme in The Chrysalids?
The main theme would be the nature of evil. Humans constantly look for ways to explain the unpleasant events of life and often blame the indefinite force of "evil" for these events. Having established that unpleasant events are caused by evil, humans attempt to define indefinite evil in a definite form. The Chrysalids is a prime example. In their vain efforts to locate, contain, and combat evil, the people in this society target deviations. Ironically, it is this attempt to combat evil that creates evil in this novel.
11. At the end of the story, David recognizes the great city in Sealand as the city of his dream. Why does the novel begin and end with that vision?
In the beginning of the novel, David's vision sets the destination or outcome for the story. Essentially, all the events in which David and the group struggle to survive builds towards this destination. Therefore, when the end of the novel depicts Sealand, the group has achieved their ultimate goal.