The Age of Wire and String 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. Michael Marcus' quote at the start of the book states, "Mathematics is the supreme __________ of our time."

2. What is the name of the house-worshiping religion, as described in this section of the book?

3. What begin to open on all sides after the funeral for the water is held in 1807?

4. The ________ can be placated by different types of sleeping, not just the sleeping of children.

5. ___________ are served in the air's upper layers, according to the author.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the father tell the boy needs to happen in order to help Monk?

2. What is the process of detecting the position of remote things, even birds?

3. What happens when the wind grows strong and reverses after the society moves underground?

4. Within a piece of experimental fiction, what are some of the traditional conventions that are not used?

5. What is happening in response to the cultivated flowers in the prison, per this particular section of the book?

6. What is the idea of a drowning balance, according to the description in this section?

7. What is the principal on which dogs depend, according to the writing in this book?

8. What should a person do with the wind of a storm, according to quotes from the mother's book?

9. What is the definition of a Walter?

10. What are two of the things that can happen in the place where people live in all sorts of shelters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The dog is described many times in this book, often as having powers to impact all those around them.

Part 1: Why do you think the dog is so important in this book?

Part 2: How do you think a dog might play an important role in the life of a person?

Part 3: Would the book be different if the word 'cat' was used instead of 'dog'?

Essay Topic 2

The Living are described as people who seem to put their hands in something unseen and too heavy to lift.

Part 1: What do you think Marcus means when he talks about the living?

Part 2: Do you think that you are a part of the Living? Why or why not?

Part 3: Who do you think should not be a part of the Living? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Marcus uses names in the book, but does not give them traditional definitions. For example, Jennifer is the partial inability to see hands.

Part 1: What is the purpose of assigning new definitions to words in the book?

Part 2: Do you think Marcus is trying to be confusing to the reader?

Part 3: How do the new definitions expand the meaning of words for the reader?

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