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 happens to LaJoe at the welfare meeting?

2. What does Lafeyette hear someone was doing when he got his legs run over by a train?

3. Why can LaJoe not defend herself well against the accusations?

4. What is the last word Pharoah is given to spell?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the eight-year-old Urica testifies at a murder trial.

2. Describe Pharoah's secret place.

3. Describe Pharoah's problem that gets him eliminated from the spelling bee.

4. What are some of the serious problems with the construction of the Henry Horner homes?

5. Describe the relationship between LaJoe and her husband, Paul.

6. How do the boys sometimes make money?

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

8. Mention something about the character of Craig Davis.

9. Describe the emotions of the project boys and the train passengers as a train passes while the boys search for snakes.

10. Describe Pharoah's innate honesty.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on the subject of experience and education. Start with Pharoah who knew from reading that there is supposed to be gold or leprechauns at the end of a rainbow but had never seen one. Discuss in your paper how book study and experience are both part of becoming educated.

Essay Topic 2

Now that you have read the book, THERE ARE NO CHILDREN HERE, write a paper about what you now know about the lives of people living in poverty. Why is the gang culture so prevalent in slum areas and ghettos? Discuss whether your attitudes have been altered about people living in poverty.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the causes of gangs and gang violence. What are the circumstances that cause young people to join gangs and subject themselves to gang authority? If gang authority is accepted, what are the reasons for rebelling against the authority of schools, the police, and the adult family members? Go deeper into the causes than just rebellion. Discuss things like personal safety, a need to belong, and a need to communicate.

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