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. What is Stephen able to do that makes the truck driver extremely grateful to him?

3. Where is Stephen's mother sitting when she realizes that she wants to keep her child?

4. Who had warned Stephen of the duplicity of the government and the committee previously?

5. What does Stephen's father encourage Stephen to return to doing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. When Morely gives Stephen the book, what does it reveal about the government, subcommittees, and the actual research?

6. What does Stephen purchase for Kate's birthday and what does it signify to him?

7. How does Stephen spend Kate's birthday?

8. What was Stephen's experience in Africa as a child?

9. Why does the young man at the subcommittee meeting believe that learning written languages at an early age is not a good idea?

10. What did Stephen become interested in when his mother had insisted that he take a nap in the middle of the day as a child?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Through Stephen, McEwan offers a lens to view the government and corruption via the committees. He describes the officials in The Child In Time as self-serving. Describe the typical government worker in The Child In Time. Do you think this is realistic and characteristic of today? Do you think the issues that McEwan discusses are still relevant today and if so, in what ways?

Essay Topic 2

One of the main themes in the book is ethical and social responsibility. List at least four examples where McEwan employs this specific theme. Is the battle between making ethical choices obvious or subtle? What characters are involved in this kind of battle? Do you think the right person or group won? Does good always triumph over evil in the case of The Child In Time ethics?

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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