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 Bride remember witnessing out her window as a child?

2. What did Booker tell Bride about that caused her to fall asleep?

3. How does Bride refer to Sylvia Huxley before she visits her?

4. What does Bride say Booker was using her for?

5. What does Bride say she regrets about Booker?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What kind of friend is Brooklyn?

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

4. What sensation does Booker’s shaving brush give Bride?

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

6. Why does Sweetness say she told Lula Ann to call her Sweetness instead of Mama?

7. How does Sylvia Huxley react to Bride’s visit?

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

9. What is the relationship between Bride’s memory of her landlord and her memory of Sylvia Huxley?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast God Help the Child with reverse chronology stories like Benjamin Button. How is Toni Morrison’s treatment different? How is it similar? What makes Toni Morrison’s version unique?

Essay Topic 2

What is the meaning of the title of this book, and how is that meaning developed throughout the unfolding of the plot? What alternative titles would have expressed the contents of the book better than God Help the Child? Analyze the importance of the epigram, from Luke. In what ways are children coming to God throughout this novel?

Essay Topic 3

Where is the climax of this book? Are there different climaxes? What questions does each climax resolve? What questions does each climax leave unanswered?

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