Timeline Test | Final 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 Lady Claire say of Chris to Sir Oliver?

2. What do Marek and the others have done at a level above the transit room?

3. How does Lady Claire think her husband died?

4. How far below the earth's surface is the secure travel facility?

5. What happens to Gomez as six armed horsemen ride up?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gordon explain about the nav button Sue Gomez carries?

2. Short of wearing a wig, what is Kate's only option for disguise?

3. What does Oliver ask the Professor, who is known as the magister, to make?

4. Why is Marek dismayed that Chris picks up Sir Guy's glove?

5. How does Kate's state of mind change, and what does that help her to do?

6. What does Marek notice about the doors as they descend, and what does Gordon explain about them?

7. How does Chris take the traveling?

8. How does Doniger explain the Professor's absence?

9. What happens to Doniger in the end?

10. What does Diane Kramer prohibit Victor from doing, and what is his response?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Books may have a character-driven plot, and action-drive plot, or a balance the two. Discuss the following:

a. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character-driven? Action driven?

b. How do you think a plot differs if it is character-driven versus action-driven?

c. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

d. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not?

e. What type of plot do you think Timeline is? Explain your response.

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

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.

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