Time's Arrow 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 do Odilo Unverdorben and Herta discuss while she is pregnant?

2. Where are the patients stacked neatly?

3. How does the narrator compare Schless-Hartheim to Auschwitz?

4. Where does Odilo Unverdorben live while he is in medical school?

5. How do people feel about the Jews whom the narrator thinks are brought to life at Schless-Hartheim?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Odilo Unverdorben's relationship with his mother.

2. Describe the similarities and differences between Odilo Unverdorben and Uncle Pepi.

3. Describe the similarities and differences between the narrator and Uncle Pepi.

4. How does Odilo Unverdorben's language change during his time at Auschwitz?

5. How does the narrator's relationship with Herta progress?

6. Describe the narrator's relationship with Odilo Unverdorben by the end of this chapter, at which point Odilo has just arrived at Schless-Hartheim.

7. How does Odilo Unverdorben's relationship with Herta change when he arrives at Schless-Hartheim?

8. Describe Odilo Unverdorben's relationship with his father.

9. How does the killing change from Schless-Hartheim to Auschwitz?

10. Describe the narrator's relationship with Odilo Unverdorben's father.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Uncle Pepi and Reverend Nicholas Kreditor are the two male characters who affect Odilo's life. Compare and contrast these characters.

1. How are they similar and how are they different?

2. How do they affect Odilo's life? Do they help him? How do they hurt him?

Essay Topic 3

The Holocaust is almost impossible to represent in literature or film. Does this book succeed in giving you a sense of the horror and wrongness of what took place during the war? Where is the book most believable and effective? Where does it stir the reader's sympathies and feelings? Where does it leave the reader detached and unfeeling, apart from the action? Does the book deliberately try to overcome the reader's aversion to difficult material? Is the backwardness of the narration an effective method for getting the reader to read about something hard to bear? What other techniques does the author use for conveying difficult or painful information? Cite specific examples from the text in your answer.

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