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. In what kind of a room is the subcommittee's meeting on education held?

2. What is Stephen supposed to do with the book?

3. What does Charles demonstrate that he can do with a slingshot?

4. How does Stephen spend a lot of his evenings?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Stephen talks about his bicycle memory near the sea, how do his parents respond?

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

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

5. Why does the handbook excerpt say that it is acceptable to bribe children for good behavior?

6. How does Stephen survive the crash with the truck?

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

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

9. How does the headmaster respond when Stephen tells his story about Kate?

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

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

Describe Thelma. What is her role in the story? What was McEwan trying to accomplish by creating Thelma's character in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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