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 Stephen refused to attend with the Prime Minister on the second call?

2. Where did Stephen enjoy going to school and playing outside as a child?

3. What does Stephen wear for his meeting with the Prime Minister?

4. Where does Stephen find Charles hanging out when he follows Thelma's directions to find her husband?

5. Who is warned by a teacher when Stephen 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. How are Stephen's parents affected by the loss of Kate?

4. How does Stephen spend Kate's birthday?

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

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

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

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

9. Why did Thelma move with Charles to the countryside?

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

Julie and Stephen are two of the most active characters.

Part 1) What is their relationship? How do they co-exist and how do they interact? What is similar about them and what is different?

Part 2) What are some events that Julie had a direct influence upon? What are some events that Stephen had a direct influence upon?

Part 3) Which character offers support to the group? Which one is stronger, and why?

Essay Topic 2

McEwan uses more than one iteration on the motif of grief and loss. Identify at least two motifs about grief and loss in the book. Then, cite an example to support each answer.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the power of the press in The Child in Time. Is the press objective? Why or why not? What kind of media bias do they reveal? How are they influenced?

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