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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 kind of therapist is James Leeds as the audience finds out at the start of the play?
2. What specifically does Sarah make fun of when she is making fun of the group in #44?
3. Sarah notes that she and James were both born to ___________ who would have been better off without them.
4. Orin also says, "...because you want to ___________ us we want to be changed."
5. When Sarah returns to the stage, who is she signing to after James has gone to see her mother, unknown to her?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does the lawyer assume about Sarah during their meeting together?
2. What does James immediately assume about Sarah after Mr. Franklin leaves?
3. Why does James want to protect becoming the speech therapy teacher for Sarah?
4. What does Orin do when he becomes frustrated with himself?
5. Why is Orin taunting Sarah from the other side of the stage?
6. What does James say to himself (and to the audience) after Sarah runs off the stage after their argument?
7. What happens when Orin and Sarah begin to reminisce about their childhood?
8. What does James tell Mr. Franklin to do in regards to the case being brought against the school?
9. What is the profession of James Leeds in this play, CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD?
10. What is the other sound that occurs which is only heard by James as the chaotic scene continues to unfold?
Essay Topic 1
James is insistent that Sarah learn how to speak so that she can interact with the world in a more effective way.
Part 1: Why do you think James wants Sarah to speak more? What are his motivations?
Part 2: Do you think that James would still be happy with Sarah if she never learned to speak?
Part 3: Do you think that Sarah wants to learn how to speak? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
The role of James at the school is to teach lip reading and to teach speech to the deaf.
Part 1: Why do you think it's important for deaf people to learn how to lip read and to speak?
Part 2: Do you think the hearing community is being too forceful in its attempts to try to help deaf people interact as though they were not deaf? Why or why not?
Part 3: Do you think a deaf person can have an average life without learning how to lip read or to speak? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Sarah felt that when she was younger she had to prove herself, so she had sex with boys in order to show she could do something better than hearing girls could.
Part 1: Why do you think Sarah made the choice to use sex as a way to prove herself?
Part 2: What other things might Sarah have done in order to prove her worthiness to others?
Part 3: How does your opinion of Sarah change when you hear about her past? Or doesn't it?
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