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 does the narrator think about Auschwitz now that he is seeing it again in Odilo Unverdorben's youth?

2. How are the men processed at Auschwitz?

3. What does Odilo Unverdorben dream about as a young child?

4. How does Odilo Unverdorben behave in a crowd?

5. How old is Odilo Unverdorben when he visits Auschwitz for the first time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Name four methods Odilo Unverdorben sees the Germans use to "process" the Jews?

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

3. Describe Odilo Unverdorben's courtship of Herta.

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

5. Describe the irony of the narrator's impression of Odilo Unverdorben's relationship with Jews.

6. Describe the narrator's relationship with Odilo Unverdorben in the years before/after Odilo began to work in the camps.

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

8. What are the conditions the narrator finds when Odile Unverdorben arrives at Auschwitz?

9. What is the importance of Odilo Unverdorben's childhood home?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Irene and Herta both have children whom they cannot keep. Compare and contrast the effects of this loss on Herta and Irene. How is the experience similar for the two women? How is it different? How does it affect their lives and their relationships with Odilo Unverdorben?

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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