Child of God Test | Mid-Book 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 is the name of Bill Parsons' sick old bird dog?

2. What heavy object does Lester lug up to his new house on the first day?

3. What does Ballard's friend's wife bring Ballard while he waits for her husband?

4. Who stares after Lester as he leaves town?

5. How many days is Ballard kept in jail?

Short Essay Questions

1. What process does the blacksmith use to sharpen Ballard's axe head?

2. Describe the interchange that Ballard has with the Dumpkeeper's blonde daughter.

3. What deal does Lester Ballard try to broker with Fred Kirby?

4. How do the Deputy's plans for the day change in Chapter 17 (pp. 48-49)?

5. What transpires between Ballard and the woman he finds sleeping on Frog Mountain?

6. How did Ballard get his rifle?

7. How does Ballard win three prizes?

8. How is Lester Ballard's neck injured?

9. Describe the Dumpkeeper's situation at home.

10. What do the Dumpkeeper and Ballard do on their days together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Certain chapters of the novel are told from a first-person point-of-view and involve Sevier residents attempting to explain Ballard's past. Write an essay charting Ballard's transition form victim to bully to societal tumor, framing it in discussion of the following chapters:

Part 1) The man who discusses Ballard's loss of his mother and father.

Part 2) The man who tells the story of Ballard as a child bully.

Part 3) The man who talks about Ballard's younger jobs.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the Sheriff. Is he an effective law enforcer? Is he a principled man with a vision for his County? Write your essay in three paragraphs, detailing three specific episodes in the text that are driven by the Sheriff. Detail the episodes and examine how effective the character is in achieving his objective.

Essay Topic 3

By the end of the novel, Lester Ballard has accumulated a strange menagerie of items in his cave. Each has a particular meaning and function for him, and each reflects a sort of perversion of traditional values and relationships. Write a paragraph about each of these items, how they came into Ballard's possession, and what they mean thematically:

Part 1) The rifle

Part 2) The stuffed animals

Part 3) The women's clothes

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