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. What does Thelma say that she noticed existed between the Prime Minister and Charles?

2. What does Stephen think have similarities and should be paid attention to in education for children?

3. What memory does Stephen share with his parents that his mother agrees with, but his father disagrees with?

4. What does Stephen call the Prime Minister when he is confronted about his refusal to see the Prime Minister?

5. What does Stephen realize about Kate when he leaves the school?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the secretary insists that Stephen meet with the Prime Minister, how does he respond?

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

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

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

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

6. When Stephen rescues the truck driver, how does the man respond?

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

8. How does Stephen respond to the Prime Minister's secretary's request for a second meeting?

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

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

Describe some of the settings for The Child In Time. What is the overall setting? Be sure to include geography, time period and any pertinent popular culture events. Why did McEwan choose to use these places in The Child In Time?

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

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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