The Child in 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. Who appears to talk to Stephen at the subcommittee in a formal way?

2. Who does Stephen talk to at the school about Kate?

3. What does Stephen miss having with the Prime Minister, invoking the irritation of the politician?

4. Who does Stephen's mother decide to marry after she sees the child in the window?

5. What happens to the truck driver after his vehicle skids?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the driver of the truck want Stephen to write down two notes?

2. How does Stephen work through his feelings about Julie and her leaving him?

3. Why does Stephen want to get out of the Prime Minister's car?

4. How does Stephen spend Kate's birthday?

5. What does Stephen discover about Charles when Thelma gives him directions to where Charles is in the woods?

6. How are Stephen's parents affected by the loss of Kate?

7. When the chauffeur arrives to pick up Stephen, how does he respond to Stephen's comments about the ragged car?

8. What does Stephen say about writing and music and early childhood education at the subcommittee meeting?

9. What is the unspoken rule that Stephen's father breaks when Stephen visits the family after meeting the Prime Minister?

10. What does Stephen realize after going to the school and not finding Kate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In The Child In Time, Stephen appears to travel through time seamlessly. Time and space have more ambiguous boundaries? What do you think of the way time and space are portrayed in The Child In Time? Which aspects do you find more or less appealing? How does this relate to the past and memories? How does this affect future events?

Essay Topic 2

McEwan uses more than one iteration on the theme of disappointment. Identify at least two characters who either embody or experience disappointment then cite an example to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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