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 Ballard wear around his feet on his mountain trek?

2. Where does Ballard leave his rifle before going into the town on the other side of the mountain?

3. How are the two dead people in the car positioned when Ballard discovers them?

4. Who comes to Ballard's shack the day after he finds the dead girl?

5. From what group did the White Caps splinter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Where does Ballard settle at the end of Chapter 30 (pp. 106-108)?

5. How is Ballard spooked by his own footprints?

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

7. Describe Ballard's appearance at the end of this section.

8. In what state is the town in this section?

9. What does Ballard do at his old property, now Greer's?

10. What imaginary conversations does Ballard have in the woods?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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