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. How does the narrator feel about doctors?

2. What happens to Tod Friendly's body over time?

3. Where would John Young have his amorous encounters with women?

4. What does Tod Friendly dream about repeatedly?

5. What does Tod Friendly think the orderlies did to him at the accident scene?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What are some of the terms the narrator coins in order to make things make sense?

5. What habits does Tod Friendly pick up over the course of the first chapter?

6. Describe how the narrator experiences driving.

7. When is Tod Friendly/John Young happy?

8. How does John Young's relationship with Irene progress?

9. Describe John Young's departure from Europe.

10. What condition is Europe in when Odilo Unverdorben leaves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrator's backwardness is a unique perspective for a narration. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this conceit? What can you see in reverse that you might not see going forward? Describe the mechanisms and the effect of the irony or the humor this type of narrative creates.

Essay Topic 2

Men and women have different perspectives on the events of this book.

1. How do men's and women's perspectives differ? How are they similar? How would you characterize men's perspectives, and how would you characterize women's? Do individuals have both male and female characteristics?

2. Where do men's and women's perspectives and values come into conflict? Whose values or whose power wins those conflicts?

Essay Topic 3

The motto at Schless-Hertheim is "There is such a thing as life that is not worthy of life." Is this motto reinforced by the events that take place after the war? Is it undermined?

1. Cite specific instances from the text where characters support or contradict this motto.

2. Are characters conflicted within themselves about this idea? How do they resolve this internal conflict?

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