The Child in 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. Who does Stephen fail to look for when he is frantically looking for Kate?

2. What does Stephen have a vague memory of riding with his father?

3. What does Stephen give the person in a yellow frock at the train station?

4. Who helps Stephen get out of his house after Kate disappears?

5. For how long is Stephen unhappy about what happened at Julie's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Stephen's memory about bicycles that he wants to remember with his family, and why does it bring about some fear and regret in him?

2. How does Charles convince Stephen to publish the book as a children's one?

3. How does Julie initially cope with Kate's disappearance?

4. How does the young girl in yellow at the station interact with Stephen?

5. What is important to Lord Parmenter in meetings?

6. What is Stephen hopeful for as he waits for Julie?

7. How is Julie described in Chapter 1?

8. What makes Stephen feel like a prosperous dad at the market?

9. When Julie came back from Chilterns, why were she and Stephen only able to stay together briefly?

10. How is Kate attired the day she is missing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The government plays a pivotal role in maintaining the status quo and upholding certain expectations of etiquette and power dynamics. Who epitomizes this in The Child In Time? Who questions this? How is rebellion expressed and how is it squashed?

Essay Topic 2

McEwan uses more than one iteration on the motif of children's education. Identify at least two motifs about children's education in the book. Then cite an example to support each answer.

Essay Topic 3

The Child In Time is written primarily in the third-person point of view. Is this point of view more or less effective than telling the story from the first-person perspective?

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