God Help the Child 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 Sylvia Huxley say her status was, in the prison?

2. What does Bride remember as the most important part of her testimony against Sylvia Huxley?

3. What does Bride compare Sylvia Huxley to?

4. What standard does Bride say she holds her relationship with Booker to?

5. What does Bride say will keep her from ever forgetting Sylvia Huxley’s attack?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Brooklyn tries to seduce Booker?

2. How does Sylvia Huxley describe her and Julie’s status among the prisoners at Decagon?

3. What does Bride find when she stars going through Booker’s possessions at her house?

4. How is Bride’s mother different after the courtroom than she usually is, in her treatment of Bride?

5. How does Bride react to the changes her body is experiencing?

6. What does Brooklyn say her impression of Booker was?

7. What effect does Bride’s testimony have on her relationship with her mother?

8. What does Lula Ann’s dark skin mean to her mother?

9. What kind of friend is Brooklyn?

10. What is Bride’s feeling about what she needs to do, to heal herself, and how does Brooklyn respond?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Evaluate the ending God Help the Child. Does it ring true to you? Does it successfully resolve the problems and tensions that preceded it? What would you change, if anything? What are you left wishing for closure on, if anything?

Essay Topic 2

What topics would you like to research further, after reading God Help the Child? Describe why additional research or reading would be beneficial to an understanding of this book. Propose a list of articles or books you would read in order to get a better handle on God Help the Child.

Essay Topic 3

Evaluate God Help the Child as a book about race and prejudices surrounding skin color. What are its strengths and weaknesses as a book about this theme? Does the book advance an agenda? Does it not advance an agenda enough?

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