Doomsday Book 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. Who is Kivrin?

2. Where is the entire village going?

3. What does Kivrin not care if her fingernails are chipped and hands dirty?

4. What does a medic ask of Dunworthy's group?

5. Why are the church bells tolled?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Kivrin going to be able to go to the drop place, but what happens that she does not get there?

2. What does Kivrin do to ensure she can find her pick up spot again and what is her first entry in her Doomsday Book?

3. What does Kivrin's interpreter do and does she expect to need it?

4. How does Colin explain his presence in the quarantine line?

5. What does Badri keep saying and where does Dunworthy take him?

6. Describe James Dunworthy.

7. With whom does Kivrin speak and what is he doing?

8. What is Kivrin trying to do in chapter 6 but having a hard time with?

9. Describe some of the preparations Kivrin makes for the trip back in time.

10. What explanation for who she is does Kivrin plan to give and what does she end up saying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While Kivrin is delirious, she believes Fr. Roche is administering last rites because she is going to be burned at the stake. Discuss the following:

1. Research and write an informative essay about why and how often women were burned at the stake in England in the 14th century.

2. Do you think the church administered last rites to a witch who was being burned at the stake? Why or why not? What religious or spiritual significance did the church attach to a person burning at the stake?

3. When and where was the last time it is recorded that a woman is burned at the stake for witchcraft? Did they burn women at the stake for witchcraft in the United States? Why do you think the practice is stopped where it was practiced?

Essay Topic 2

In order to set up the plot, the writer has to introduce two implausible events. Discuss the following:

1. Research and define the term "narrative contrivance" and give several examples of it from other books and movies you have read.

2. Analyze the two events that seem a bit too coincidental or farfetched that sets the rest of the story in motion. Consider that Montoya has unearthed some sort of virus from the excavation that is still viable and the fact that Badri is the first one to exhibit symptoms of the virus and that he does not communicate immediately while walking with Dunworthy back to the lab that Kivrin is in 1348. Is there any way theses "contrivances" could be left out and the plot move forward in much the same way that it does? What other ways are there to have gotten the same results?

3. Is much fiction in some ways a contrivance? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

There are some interesting parallels between the action in 2054 and that going on with Kivrin in 1348. Two most obvious that come to mind are they are both suffering an epidemic and bell ringers figure prominently in both times. Discuss the following:

1. Trace, compare and analyze throughout Doomsday Book the similarities between what is happening in 2054 and 1348.

2. Why do you think Willis sets up this mirror-like plot?

3. Do you think it is an effective literary strategy? Why or why not?

4. What similar themes are evident in each time frame?

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