Time's Arrow 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. With whom does John Young meet before his voyage to Europe?

2. Where does the narrator think that Tod Friendly finds love letters?

3. The narrator knows that his life would end when?

4. Where does the narrator believe the weather is always good?

5. When could John Young see stars in the city for first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the narrator's mindset at the beginning of the novel.

2. How does the narrator experience Tod's kindness to children?

3. How does Tod feel about his physical body in the first chapter?

4. Describe John Young's departure from Europe.

5. How does the narrator understand language?

6. Describe how the narrator feels about Tod Friendly's work?

7. What does the narrator think about Tod Friendly's dreams and memories?

8. Describe the underground system for taking care of Nazis.

9. Describe John Young/Hamilton de Souza/Odilo Unverdorben's feelings about fleeing to America after the war.

10. What happens when the Reverend Kreditor talks to John Young about stormy weather?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the narrator's attempt to make sense of Odilo Unverdorben's life parallel our attempts to make sense of the Holocaust? Do we live the Holocaust backwards the way he does? Does his emotional experience of the Holocaust coincide with ours? Are we just as emotionally detached? Give examples from the book as well as from your studies of the Holocaust

Essay Topic 2

In spite of his emigration and his success in America, Odilo Unverdorben is still tormented by guilt. Cite three cases in which Odilo does something in order to alleviate his guilt.

1. How does guilt operate on him? How can you describe the nature of guilt? How does it work? When does his guilt begin?

2. Is Odilo successful at mitigating his guilt? Does his guilt end? If so, when?

3. Does Odilo ever inflict on himself the same acts of cruelty that he inflicted on other people?

Essay Topic 3

What would you have done if you were Odilo Unverdorben's age in Germany when the Nazis were coming to power? Given what you know about the progressively tighter restrictions on Jews' behavior, would you have followed along, or would you have kept yourself apart from the fascism, or would you have resisted it? Cite instances from the book of the kinds of choices you would have faced, and cite instances from your own experience as you discuss how you would have faced them.

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