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. In Chapter 18, why is Mr. Neely so comfortable having people over when Jessie is at his apartment?

2. In Chapter 18, what does Jessie overhear Mr. Neely say will continue?

3. What does Jessie do with the glass of water Mr. Neely gives her in Chapter 17?

4. In Chapter 23, why does Frank Lyle apologize on television?

5. While riding the bus in Chapter 20, who does Jessie decide she must contact first?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Jessie tell Mr. Neely when she is finally able to call him?

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

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

4. In Chapter 14, what do Jessie and the "fat man" talk about?

5. In Chapters 17 and 18, what does Jessie overhear Mr. Neely say on the phone?

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

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

8. In Chapter 13, what things comfort Jessie?

9. At Jessie's press conference in Chapter 21, what does Jessie learn about Mr. Neely?

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 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 2

Explore the theme of education in this novel. What role does school play inside and outside of Clifton? What alternative ways to achieve an education are presented? What is the purpose of education in this novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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