Looking Backward: 2000-1887 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. What do the wealthy in this society fear?

2. What does the narrator do to remedy his disorder?

3. What is located in the front of the distribution center?

4. According to Dr. Leete, what do large conglomerations do?

5. How long does the narrator sleep?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Dr. Leete explain the difference in relationships between 1887 and 2000?

2. What does Julian do when he does not find Edith in the house at the beginning of Chapter 24?

3. How does one become the president of the United States in 2000?

4. What does Julian find when he wakes up in Chapter 28?

5. How does Julian describe Sundays in 1887?

6. Why is Julian nervous about going to sleep again?

7. How is corruption eliminated in the 2000 society?

8. How is publishing handled and financed in 2000?

9. How does Mr. Barton's church work?

10. What options do citizens have to practice their religion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One literary technique used throughout this book is alternating chapters, where one chapter is used to discuss society and one is used to demonstrate the blooming relationship between Julian and Edith. What is the purpose of this technique? What does this technique offer the reader? Does this technique enhance the story?

Essay Topic 2

Through out the book Dr. Leete presents a superior attitude when comparing 1887 to 2000. Provide examples of this superior attitude. How does Julian feel about it? Does Dr. Leete feel better than Julian himself or does his superiority concern society in general?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the philosophy of equality in this society. How is this concept put to the test in terms the diversity of the citizens? Why does this society not experience discrimination that would have been so prevalent in 1887?

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