Timeline 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 does Tsosie order the nurse to do concerning the new patient?

2. Where has a new discovery been made at the site?

3. What evidence does Johnston say is weak?

4. What does Stern find with the view from the helicopter?

5. What kind of car is Dan Baker driving?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does quantum technology make possible?

2. What does Kramer pressure the Professor to do?

3. What does Doniger order Gordon to have a security officer do?

4. Who is Arnaut de Cervole, and what is he known for doing?

5. Why do the workers have to wear filter masks at the digging site?

6. What does the Professor believe ITC has done concerning the Dordogne site?

7. What does Wauneka show the Bakers that was in the old man's pocket, and what does Liz say about the drawing?

8. What is the quintain, and what is its purpose?

9. What small problem does Francois Bellin mention to the Professor?

10. What does Dan Baker want to do when traveling on a poor, rutted road in Arizona and how does that differ from his wife's desires?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

a. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

b. Socrates said, "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Timeline help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Timeline? Why or why not. Use examples from Timeline and your own life to support your answer.

c. Choose one specific incident in Timeline to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

a. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Timeline. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Crichton chooses the symbols he does?

b. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Crichton chooses the metaphors he does?

c. Discuss Crichton's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Crichton use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 3

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about he author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

a. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Michael Crichton.

b. What in Crichton's background may have helped her in writing Timeline? What may have influenced the way he depicts various characters and scenes?

c. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

d. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

e. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Crichton's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Crichton's probable agenda concerning that idea.

f. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface? Why or why not?

g. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author? Explain your answer with examples.

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