Children of a Lesser 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 does Orin do after accusing James of having ulterior motives for being a therapist?

2. What does James do after trying to calm Sarah down when she flies into a rage?

3. What does James continue to do that irritates Sarah as they walk and talk?

4. What does James assume the new student can do, though they cannot, causing communication difficulties?

5. Who is the young student that James tries to encourage at the start of this scene?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the lawyer assume about Sarah during their meeting together?

2. What is the profession of James Leeds in this play, CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD?

3. What does Mr. Franklin want James to do with Sarah Norman once they are introduced?

4. What does Sarah say she wants Orin to do after she shows her speech to James?

5. Why is Orin upset with the idea that James went out on a date with Sarah?

6. What does James decide to do in order to calm down after the chaos, though he feel guilty for doing so?

7. What does Orin tell Sarah about her marriage in relation to the deaf rights that he is fighting to gain?

8. When James and Sarah finally talk, what do they agree happened between them?

9. Who is at the bridge party at the beginning of the first scene of Act 2?

10. What is the reason for the argument between James and Sarah that follows the lawyer meeting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Within the notes of this play, the author of the play has insisted that the actors for the deaf characters must actually be deaf.

Part 1: Why do you think the author is so adamant about deaf actors being cast?

Part 2: How do you think deaf actors help in the stage production of the play?

Part 3: How do you think the play might change if non-deaf actors were used?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of passing for some sort of societal norm is the main theme of this book.

Part 1: Is it a good idea to try to overcome a handicap and pass for average? Why or why not?

Part 2: Is it a good idea to simply embrace a handicap? Why or why not?

Part 3: How do you think a deaf person should function within society? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Sarah seems to want to remain in her silence for long periods of time, as it seems to be the safer place for her to reside.

Part 1: Why is Sarah always trying to remain in her silence when she could be interacting with others?

Part 2: Why doesn't Sarah want James to be a part of her silence?

Part 3: Why does James want to be a part of Sarah's silence?

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