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

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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 is Bird Leg killed?

2. Who did LaJoe meet at a dance hall when she was only thirteen, pretending to be sixteen?

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

4. What is it called when the gang members break a side window of a car at a stoplight and grab a purse or briefcase on the seat?

5. What happens to Pharoah on his last word?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does a policeman treat Lafeyette in the stadium parking lot?

2. What is the evidence the police collected against Jimmie Lee?

3. Describe Pharoah's secret place.

4. Describe the severity of Pharoah's speech impediment.

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

6. Describe Pharoah's innate honesty.

7. How are Dawn and Demetrius singled out and publicized?

8. Describe LaJoe in one or two sentences.

9. Mention something about the character of Craig Davis.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write a paper on the value of hope in life. Explain why it is important for people to believe figuratively in the gold and leprechauns at the end of the rainbow. What is the value of life without hope? Do you see it as logical that people who have no hope also have no sense of moral responsibility?

Essay Topic 3

Write a paper on pacifism. Starting with Pharoah who avoids physical conflict and often goes to his secret place where he feels safe, discuss the idea that pacifism has the advantage of not escalating conflict. You may want to mention Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in your paper. Show how pacifism is not the same thing as weakness.

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