How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel Test | Final Test - Hard

Charles Yu
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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 does the woman in Chapter 20 tell Charles when he asks if his father is here?

2. In Chapter 30, Charles asks TAMMY how long they were in the loop and she replies that time never moved forward after he shot himself, because he tried to skip forward in time and entered what?

3. TAMMY's software has no way of distinguishing exact patterns repeated within what?

4. What term means to face in hostility or defiance; oppose?

5. Charles's father is how old at the start of Chapter 25?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is symbolized by Charles's father's second machine described in Chapter 26?

2. What is symbolic about the scene in Chapter 25 with Charles and his father?

3. What does Charles discover in the book in Chapter 28?

4. What discovery did Charles and his father make about time travel in Charles's memory in Chapter 22?

5. How are self-reflection and self improvement symbolized in Chapter 21?

6. How is Charles's book from the future metaphorical for memory?

7. What is symbolized when Charles watches his mother's reaction in Chapter 23?

8. What theory is described in the excerpt called "decoherence and wave function collapse"?

9. What does the excerpt titled "Wineberg-Takayma Radius" discuss?

10. What does Charles discover using the key in Chapter 29?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss foreshadowing and symbolism in Chapter 10. What does the narrator seeing himself outside the time capsule foreshadow?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the character development of Charles in the narrative and his actions in Chapters 18 and 19. Why does Charles choose to go to the end of the book and what happens when he does?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of family and the relationship between Charles's parents in the novel. What led to Charles's mother leaving?

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