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. When does Hamilton de Souza cease to talk, in the narrator's experience?

2. What is Tod Friendly's car perched against when the narrator sees the policeman put Tod in his car?

3. Who is the narrator thinking about when John Young is sailing to Europe?

4. What does the narrator describe as an "atrocity-producing" situation?

5. How does Hamilton de Souza pay the old Spanish man?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Tod's relationship with the narrator?

3. How does the narrator experience Tod's relationship with food?

4. What do Tod Friendly/John Young/Hamilton de Souza/Odilo Unverdorben's name changes tell us about his character?

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

6. Is there any place where the narrator's understanding is more accurate than Tod Friendly's?

7. Does Tod Friendly/John Young seem to be a good person?

8. What does the narrator understand about sex?

9. Describe Reverend Nicholas Kreditor's appearance.

10. What is the key to substance for the narrator?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Odilo Unverdorben immigrates to America to flee from his past.

1. What about America is attractive to him as a Nazi fugitive? Citing examples from the text as well as from your knowledge of American culture, describe the qualities that make America an attractive destination for Odilo. How does this compare or contrast with how we typically think of America? Is America a land of opportunity for Odilo as well?

2. If Odilo does not find contentment and forgiveness in the end, is this, to some extent, because he lives in America? Should America have been able to redeem him? Should America have brought him to justice?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the characters of Odilo Unverdorben and the narrator. How are their experiences similar? How are their experiences different? Is one happier than the other, or is one a better person than the other?

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