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. How does Sylvia Huxley say she felt when she was finally released?

2. How much money does Sweetness’ husband send her monthly, after he leaves?

3. What color is Lula Ann’s skin?

4. What is Bride’s relationship with You, Girl?

5. When does Bride say that her ‘melting away’ starts?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does skin color mean in Sweetness’ family?

2. How is Booker different from the other relationships Bride has had?

3. What kind of friend is Brooklyn?

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

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

6. How does Bride say she was different from her friends, in terms of how they treated their boyfriends?

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

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

9. What kind of image advice does Jeri give Bride?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

When is God Help the Child most itself? What is its characteristic passage or moment? What makes that moment or passage the most representative of the book as a whole? Are there any places where the book seems to depart from its typical self, as if to become a different book?

Essay Topic 3

What is missing from this book? What should have been covered or presented that was not? What is the effect of this absence? Describe an element that ought to have been covered, and explain why it would have made the book stronger.

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