Doomsday Book Test | Final 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 causes missing the time frame by so many years?

2. What does Kirvin think the church must have felt now from her perspective in this time?

3. What has Mary charged Colin to do?

4. How long will it take to create a vaccine for the new strain of virus?

5. Who does Rosemund trust about the marriage?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the situation with the steward and digging graves?

2. What about the virus situation in modern times concerns Dunworthy?

3. What does Andrew say when Dunworthy asks him to come work the lab machines? What does it not matter?

4. Describe the situation of Agnes dying.

5. What happens to the envoy and what does Kirvin realize as a result?

6. Why does Father Roche return to where the clerk lies and what does Kirvin ask of him?

7. What does Kivrin first do upon realizing the date and what is wrong with the clerk?

8. What does Kivrin note about the Bishop's envoy?

9. What happens as Kivrin prepares to travel to Scotland with Fr. Roche and Rosemund?

10. How does Dunworthy get into the lab and what does he discover when he goes inside?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Oftentimes, a book is more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character-driven or action-driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character-driven versus action-driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not?

5. What type of plot do you think the Doomsday Book is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

In chapter 8, Dunworthy tries explaining to Gilchrist the "rules" of the net. Discuss the following:

1. Why is it impossible for the virus in the epidemic at Oxford in 2054 to have come through the net? Does the explanation seem to follow natural laws as we understand them in 2010?

2. Why can't Dunworthy just go back before the drop time and then retrieve Kivrin as she comes through?

3. Explain how slippage determines how far off one is when traveling back in time. Does the four-hour slippage that was a part of Kivrin's drop account for the twenty year difference between when she wanted to be dropped and when she actually is dropped? Why or why not.

4. Does the technology of the net and time travel seem stable enough that you would travel on it? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss Doomsday Book based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if Doomsday Book is a successful novel. Explain your rationale with specific examples.

3. Do you think the fact that Doomsday Book falls within the science fiction genre changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.

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