Child of God 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 Lester Ballard do while having sex with the dead girl?

2. When does Ballard deposit the dead man when he moves him away from the girl?

3. Who does Ballard run into while in town?

4. Where is Ralph's daughter when Ballard shoots her?

5. What food does Ballard buy in the general store on the other side of the mountain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Ballard when he tries to cross the creek?

2. How does Ballard subsist as the harsh winter descends?

3. Describe Ballard's second interview by the police.

4. What does Ballard do on his trip into town?

5. How were the White Caps run out of Sevier?

6. What wakes Lester Ballard the night after his shopping spree in town?

7. How does Ballard's situation change in this section?

8. What does Ballard realize about the Ralph's idiot baby?

9. Why does Ballard go to Blount County?

10. How is Ballard spooked by his own footprints?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the opening passages of the book, McCarthy gives a description of Ballard as a soul. In the closing passages, he creates a portrait of Ballard as a body, vivisected into its component organ systems by doctors and students. Compare these two passages under the thesis of how McCarthy portrays Ballard throughout the novel. Is he creating a portrait that we are supposed to understand or a subject we are supposed to observe?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In what way does Lester Ballard's interactions with the Sleeping Woman on Frog Mountain codify his attitude toward women and his desire to have them in a lifeless state. In the essay, compare and contrast his interaction with her to his interaction with Ralph's daughter. Also compare his defense to the police with her to his defense to the posse at the end of the novel. Pay attention to the terms he uses to describe her.

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