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. Whose life is Stephen's first story loosely based on, at the age of eleven?

2. Whose meeting does Stephen attend on Reading and Writing?

3. Where is the meeting held that Stephen attends on Reading and Writing?

4. What does a speaker at the committee say is difficult for children to learn?

5. What was Kate wearing the day she disappeared?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why are Stephen and Julie still at odds even after having sex?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Stephen view the sex that he had with Julie in the months afterward?

9. How is Stephen Lewis described in Chapter 1?

10. How did Charles make the move into politics?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Politics are also referred to in the book. McEwan refers to the politics of the society of The Child In Time during 1987 when Thatcher was in power. How does the politics Ian describes in the book compare to that of his own world? Do you think politics are an important part of the book? How else could McEwan incorporate politics into the book? Also examine the use of politics in relationships.

Essay Topic 3

Certain relationships create a good foundation for the story. When Stephen asks his parents about his bicycle memory by the sea, they all interact in a very convincing manner.

Describe why this relationship is believable.

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