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 kind of vehicle arrives to pick up Stephen to meet the Prime Minister?

2. What does the headmaster think Stephen could be?

3. Who in the committee visits Stephen and gives him a book?

4. What does Stephen talk to Thelma about at the house after he has seen Charles play with the slingshot?

5. What does Stephen ask Thelma if she has made any progress upon?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

7. What happens when Stephen demands that the chauffeur stop the car?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The Child In Time is particularly effective in conveying meaning through powerful imagery. Powerful imagery to establish connections in the minds of readers with the story's characters and plot. Imagery is the picture we form in our minds of the story we read. It can involve, visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory, tactile, kinetic, and kinesthetic. The author uses these imagery to translate words into a visual story that we can see and participate in within our minds. Describe the use of imagery in this dystopian novel.

Essay Topic 3

McEwan uses more than one iteration on the motif of children's education. Identify at least two motifs about children's education in the book. Then cite an example to support each answer.

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