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. James: "In the beginning, there was __________ and out of that silence there could come only one thing: Speech."

2. What did Sarah as a child draw on her picture of the Virgin Mary, which infuriated her mother?

3. Who does James go to see in order to learn more about Sarah after all that has happened?

4. What is the sound that Orin is trying to make, though he is becoming frustrated?

5. What does Sarah ask James to do when they are out on the town?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the stage divided at this point of the play? How are Orin and Sarah and James arranged?

2. What is Orin frustrated about when he is trying to speak with James during a therapy session?

3. What does Sarah say when James asks her if she enjoys being a maid at the school?

4. Why has James decided to teach Sarah the game of bridge?

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

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

7. Why doesn't Sarah like listening to music, as she confesses to James during the scene?

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

9. Why does Sarah ask James to dance with her during their date? How does she know how to move?

10. What does James tell Mr. Franklin to do in regards to the case being brought against the school?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What's interesting to many about this play is that while it might seem more reasonable to portray the deaf community as being flawless, these characters are not shown in the best of light.

Part 1: Why do you think some authors believe it easier to portray those with handicaps as being without fault?

Part 2: Do you think the deaf characters are portrayed realistically in this play? Why or why not?

Part 3: How do you think the deaf community might respond to the deaf characters in this play? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The title CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD is one that immediately affects the person who hears it or reads it.

Part 1: Why do you think the author chose the title that they did?

Part 2: Do you think the play should have been titled differently? Why or why not?

Part 3: What do you think the author meant by 'lesser god'?

Essay Topic 3

It is revealed that Sarah stopped talking because no one realized she was deaf, only that she might be mentally handicapped.

Part 1: Why do you think Sarah decided it was better to be seen as deaf?

Part 2: Do you think Sarah should have continued to talk anyway?

Part 3: How would you react if someone thought you were mentally handicapped?

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