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 it mean when Chris picks up Sir Guy's glove?

2. What social class is the medieval clothing Gordon gives the Yale team?

3. What does Marek say when Chris decides not to make the trip?

4. What does Sue Gomez do in the travel room?

5. Why are Marek and Chris arrested?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What kind of clothing are the travelers given?

4. What good news/bad news does Diane Kramer give Doniger?

5. Who comes through the side door from the Abbot's quarters and what is she doing?

6. About what does Doniger remind the group in order to get them to agree to travel?

7. What does the Professor whisper to Kate and Marek the minute he sees them?

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

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

10. What does Gordon tell David Stern concerning David's desire to join his friends?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

a. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in Timeline.

b. Trace and analyze one major theme of Timeline. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

c. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Timeline. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is used in almost all works of fiction. Discuss the following:

a. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in Timeline? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

b. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in Timeline including why you believe it is foreshadowing.

c. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from Timeline and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Michael Crichton, in his signature style, blends scientific fact with fiction in Timeline. The introduction is designed to lay the groundwork for his theme of scientific hubris. Crichton establishes a parallel between the arrogant shortsightedness of late 19th Century scientists and the equally arrogant, shortsighted scientists of the late 20th Century.

a. Discuss three examples of Crichton blending scientific fact with fiction in Timeline.

b. Discuss what is meant by the term scientific hubris in the above paragraph.

c. Compare one incident of scientific shortsightedness in the 19th Century to one in the late 20th Century. This may require research.

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