Running Out of Time 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 old woman on the bus tell Jessie that is helpful?

2. What does Jessie remember the adults in Clifton saying about money?

3. What does Miles Clifton say is weakening the human gene pool?

4. How does Jessie feel when she wakes up in Chapter 19?

5. In Chapter 17, where does Jessie eat?

Short Essay Questions

1. During Jessie's press conference in Chapter 21, what does she reveal about Clifton?

2. What does Jessie learn in Chapter 22 about the Board of Health?

3. What does Jessie learn about Mr. Seward in Chapter 22?

4. In Chapter 13, what things comfort Jessie?

5. What happens in Chapter 18 when Mr. Neely invites his friends over?

6. What makes Jessie comfortable with Mr. Neely when she first meets him?

7. Why does Jessie name the presidents in Chapter 21?

8. What does Jessie see on television in the hospital in Chapter 23?

9. How does Jessie escape Mr. Neely's apartment?

10. Why is Jessie so angry at the end of Chapter 23?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the role of suspense in this novel. Consider how the author creates it as well as what it does to develop the characters and plot.

Essay Topic 2

How is "Running Out of Time" a commentary on technology? Consider Jessie's introduction to the technology of the 1990s. What are the positive uses and effects of technology? What are the negative uses and effects? What seems to be the author's message about technology?

Essay Topic 3

How is foreshadowing used in "Running Out of Time"? Describe examples of the use of the technique and explain its purpose in the novel. Is the author's use of foreshadowing effective? Why or why not?

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