Stranger in a Strange Land | Study Guide

Robert A. Heinlein

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Part 1, Chapters 1–2 The first human mission to Mars was made up of eight people—four married couples. The mission was supposed to take jus... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 3–4 Captain Van Tromp of the Champion brings the survivor, Valentine Michael Smith, back to Earth. Smith is the child of o... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 5–6 Jill expresses her surprise at the idea that Smith might be the sovereign of Mars. Then she agrees to place a recordin... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 7–8 Jill arranges to be on duty when Ben is supposed to arrive to see the Man from Mars. However, Ben doesn't show up on t... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 9–10 Joseph Douglas, Secretary General of the World Federation of Free States, reads the news. He confesses to his wife Agn... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 11–12 On the "fourth pebble" of the solar system—Mars—life evolved much differently from Earth life. Young Martians hatch fr... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 13–14 Duke, another of Jubal's employees, stays behind to help replay the camera footage of Smith's demonstrations. He remar... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 15–16 Smith swims to the bottom of the pool and waits, stretching his time sense out so that time flows more slowly. As he m... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 17–18 Shortly after Jubal's telephone conversation ends, two things happen: more air cars arrive, and Secretary General Doug... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 19–21 The "Martian Diplomatic Delegation" goes to Douglas's Executive Palace. On the way, Smith sees the sea for the first t... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 22–23 The Old Ones of Mars continue to discuss the "exciting ... esthetic problems concerning the new epic woven around the ... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 24–25 On the way back to Jubal's house, Jubal asks Smith what the bishop said to him. Smith hesitates and then replies: "My ... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 26–27 Jill and a disguised Smith find work as a magician and assistant with a carnival. The carnival boasts a tattooed lady,... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 28–29 Up in heaven, Digby is upset by the audacity of Smith and the fact Patty called Smith "Archangel." His angelic supervi... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 30–31 On Mars, more colonists arrive. On Earth, the Man from Mars is in the news. He has been expelled from Union Theologica... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 32–33 Ben goes with Dawn to the Innermost Temple and then immerses in the pool, shares water, and "grows closer." At breakfa... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 34–35 Up in heaven, Archangel Foster tells Digby that Smith is available now because the Martians have released him. But Dig... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 36–37 The next morning, Jill reveals that Smith's powers made it possible for everyone to "share" in the sex between Jubal a... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 38–39 Back in the hotel, Jubal and the others have watched the entire "blow-off" on stereovision. But no one but Jubal is up... Read More
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