There Are No Children Here Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Alex Kotlowitz
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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 are two main threats to the safety of Lafeyette and Pharoah at the Henry Horner Homes?

2. Why do the boys hurry home from the tracks as the sun goes down?

3. How does Terrance spend much of the visitation time?

4. Why does Pharoah love school?

5. What becomes stressful to LaJoe to the point of sleepless nights and severe headaches?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is LaJoe's expectations for Pharoah?

2. Explain why LaJoe believes Terrence is innocent when she visits him in Cook County Jail.

3. How does the teacher's strike of 1988 affect Pharoah?

4. Describe Pharoah's innate honesty.

5. Describe Pharoah's secret place.

6. When Lafeyette is caught shoplifting, how does LaJoe react?

7. Explain the obsession Calvin Robinson has that Lafeyette finds interesting.

8. How do the boys sometimes make money?

9. What is the quality of Henry Suder Elementary School?

10. Explain what happens to Bird Leg.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the disparity between the "haves" and the "have nots" of the world. Express what you see as the responsibility of those with affluence toward those who live in desperation. Give some suggestions of how the disparity might be alleviated.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the subject of "Living in Fear." Beginning with the constant shootings and murders in the Chicago projects, expand that subject to other examples of people living in fear. Write about living in fear in ones own family because of an abusive family member. Also include examples like countries where genocide is a common practice and people of certain ethnic or tribal identities are in constant fear of being slaughtered.

Essay Topic 3

Write a critique of THERE ARE NO CHILDREN HERE. Discuss such things as the objectivity of the author, the examples he uses in the book, and what you think his purpose was in writing the book. Be sure to include your evaluation of the value in reading the book.

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