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. When Kirvin had read the document about the last rites when she was in her own time, what did she think at that time about the document?

2. What does Kirvin list in her Doomsday Book?

3. What does Agnes want with Kirvin when she calls for Kirvin?

4. What happens when Rosemund falls and hits her head?

5. What has Mary charged Colin to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Kivrin write about the church bells and cemetery?

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

6. Describe the scene where Kivrin goes to mass with the family and her talk with Gawyn on the way home.

7. What does Kivrin write in her Doomsday Book about various victims?

8. Describe the discussion between Badri and Dunworthy about Kirvin's time travel.

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

10. Describe Mary Ahrens.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Whenever reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, one must become familiar with new terminology that explains concepts or technology that is not a part of the "real" world. In the case of Doomsday Book, much of the setting is familiar to the reader, though there are new ideas and terms to learn. Discuss the following:

1. Find five terms that are a part of the 2054 world of Dunworthy and Kivrin that are either not a part of the language of 2010 or mean something different. Define the words as used in 2054 and compare those five words as to how they are currently used in the American English language.

2. How does the language of 1348 differ from that of 2010? Are there words you did not know from that time? What? How do you learn their meanings?

3. There are ways of learning about a new world or time when reading a science fiction or fantasy novel. Discuss the ways you were able to understand the time of both 2054 and 1348. Did you have to look up any words? What does it mean to learn a word through its context? Do you have to do that in Doomsday Book? What word(s)?

4. Were there any words you never really understand from Doomsday Book? What are they?

Essay Topic 2

In chapter one, Mary Ahrens is watching the preparations for sending a historian named Kivrin to 1320. The policy has been not to send historians to the medieval period because of the danger to the historian. Discuss the following:

1. Speculate as to what types of danger there may be to someone time traveling back to medieval times.

2. Research the cultural milieu of England in the mid-14th century and then analyze to see if your speculations in part 1 are accurate. What else can you add to what you said in part 1?

3. After researching England of the mid-14th century, do you think it was wise of Gilchrist to approve Kivrin's travel to that era (even considering she was to arrive a good 20 years before this huge plague outbreak)? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Setting as far as place and time play critical role in Doomsday Book. Discuss the following:

1. Compare/contrast several aspects of the 2 times where the action takes place--2054 and 1348. Consider things such as cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion and medicine.

2. How do you think Doomsday Book would change if Kivrin actually went to 1320? You need to research England at the time and see if there are any major differences. Consider if the plague were not an issue. What if she accidentally ended up in a racially different area such as the Orient or Africa?

3. What issues that are present in the 2054 time of Doomsday Book present today? What are no longer issues by 2054? Consider such things cultural norms/expectations, technology, religion, and medicine.

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