Time and Again 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 is Si's assignment for his third trip to the past?

2. What mark does the letter-mailer's boot leave in the snow?

3. What is Si's favorite street in New York City?

4. When Si sees Katie again, after he's traveled into the past, what is she disappointed about?

5. Before he begins his job training, Si tells Danziger he wants to go back in time for what reason?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the individual Katie and Si see mailing the letter.

2. How is the fact that Si sees a woman with smallpox scars on her face in the past relevant to the relationship between past and present times?

3. What detail that Si's revealed about his experience in the past made the agency scientists so happy and why?

4. Why does Si repeatedly look out the windows of his room in the Dakota and why does he stop looking out of them?

5. What detail about the project being government funded does Esterhazy relate to Si?

6. Si finds out two things happened in January, 1882. What were they?

7. Why is it crucial to Si's job that he learn to hypnotize himself?

8. What might have intrigued Simon into listening to Ruben Prien's offer?

9. What does Simon do for a living?

10. When Rossoff visits Si at the Dakota, what hypnotic suggestion does he make to Si?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Simon Morley is the narrator of the story and the story's plot is directly interwoven with his personality and how it changes as he experiences traveling to 1882. What is Simon's view of life when the book begins? How does his seeming fascination with old photographs symbolize his own life experience? What is Simon's view of life at the end of the book?

Essay Topic 2

There are several references in Time and Again to places and objects that have not changed much over the years. The Dakota, for example, was a real apartment building in 1882. The Statute of Liberty's arm is still in New York today. The Ladies' Mile continues to be a shopping district in New York. Think of a place or object that hasn't changed much over time. Why do you think it hasn't changed? Do you think it should be changed? How? Give the reasons why you think change in general is good or not good.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Ruben's job at the agency. If you were Si would you have trusted Ruben? Why or why not?

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