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 encounter in a yellow frock at the train station?

2. On whom has Stephen built an entire life of dependence?

3. What does Stephen do with Julie when he gets to her house after leaving the pub?

4. How does Julie respond to Kate's disappearance?

5. How does Stephen wander around looking for Kate at the market?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Charles make the move into politics?

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

3. How does Stephen look for Kate when she disappears?

4. How does Hashish become Lemonade?

5. What is important to Lord Parmenter in meetings?

6. How is Julie described in Chapter 1?

7. Why did Stephen take Kate to the market alone?

8. 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?

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

10. What happens when Stephen submits his first novel to Gott's?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Child In Time is a classic dystopian novel. What does that classification entail? Why does this novel fit into this category?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Ian McEwan is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony, briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

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