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. Where does Ballard's friend's daughter go when she leaves the house?

2. Where is the man in the cell opposite of Ballard from?

3. Who stares after Lester as he leaves town?

4. What color underwear does the Dumpkeeper's blonde daughter wear on Saturdays?

5. Who finally subdues the Sleeping Woman at the police station?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Lester Ballard ejected from his first game at the carnival?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Ballard win three prizes?

7. Describe the scene created by McCarthy at the beginning of the novel.

8. Explain how the boy that came through town could always shoot birds in the air.

9. How is Lester Ballard's neck injured?

10. Describe Lester Ballard.

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

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 3

Lester Ballard's interaction with animals is in many ways a reflection of his interaction with human beings. Write an essay about his individual meetings with animals and how they coincide with later meetings with people (his trailing his gun on a cat as he does Greer, his accidentally killing the cow as he thoughtlessly assaults the Sleeping Woman). From these individual meetings, develop a thesis about his development - or lack thereof - of relationships.

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