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. Which of the following is not listed among the disabled child's playthings?

2. Where does Ballard figure John goes after leaving jail?

3. Why does Lester Ballard's friend Darfuzzle speaks in a garbled way?

4. What is the first prize that Ballard wins at the fair?

5. Who stares after Lester as he leaves town?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Ballard get his rifle?

2. Why does the unnamed man in Chapter 5 (pp. 17-18) decide he does not like Lester Ballard?

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

4. Describe the baby of Ballard's friend, Ralph.

5. How do people react to Ballard in the Six-Mile Church?

6. What does the disfigured child do to Ballard's gift?

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

8. What statement does the Sheriff make to Ballard after he is released?

9. Describe the man in the cell across from Ballard's.

10. Describe the Dumpkeeper's situation at home.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Do you think that Lester Ballard is an essentially evil man or simply a weak individual driven to extremity by hardship? Write an essay in three parts focusing on two instances in the novel that illustrate your position and one that refutes the opposite view. Be sure to focus on his crimes, childhood, and general mental state.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the character of Greer and his tenuous relationship with Ballard. Divide the essay into two parts. The first should focus on Greer's actually relationship with Ballard, confined primarily to one meeting on the street. The second and more extensive portion should consist of Ballard's private delusional feud with him How does this culminate? How much do we actually know about Ballard's nemesis?

Essay Topic 3

The conflict between Ballard and society in the novel is reflected in many respects by a conflict between Sevier County and the wild Frog Mountain. Write an essay detailing this conflict between wilderness and town. Who is associated with either side of the conflict? What occurs in each? How is each described by the author?

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