Running Out of Time 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 Jessie finally escape the grounds of Clifton?

2. Whose phone number does Jessie put in her pocket in Chapter 5?

3. In Chapter 5, what does Ma show Jessie in her bag?

4. What does Jessie do when she hears voices in the Clifton bathroom?

5. What does Ma say Miles Clifton is most concerned about in his village?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jessie do after leaving the bathroom in Chapter 7?

2. In Chapter 5, what does Ma worry about when it comes to the health of the residents of Clifton?

3. In Chapter 1, how does Jessie describe her family's house?

4. What does Jessie do when Ma visits with Sally and Betsy in Chapter 1?

5. In Chapter 7, what makes Jessie feel better about leaving Clifton?

6. In Chapter 8, what does Jessie realize about her life in Clifton?

7. What do Jessie's parents do to make their living in Clifton?

8. In Chapter 1, what rule does Ma have for Jessie coming with her on a house call?

9. What upsets Jessie about the middle school student visitors she meets?

10. In Chapter 1, how does Jessie describe a visit to Dr. Fister?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the author's use of dialog to her use of descriptive passages. What are the strengths of each type of narration? When are they used? How do they develop the plot and characters of this novel?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze Clifton as a setting in this novel. How does the description of the village vs. the tourist area affect the development of the plot and characters? Consider the author's use of word choice when describing Clifton.

Essay Topic 3

Examine the plot development of "Running Out of Time", and then compare it to a traditional plot arc. What elements line up between these two? What do not? How do the elements of the plot of this novel strengthen the reader's interest?

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