There Are No Children Here 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 Pharoah think of the lush, grassy lawn around the condominium complex called Damen Courts?

2. How have the stadium's owners, the Wirz family, changed the character of the neighborhood?

3. What gives Pharoah a headache at the jail?

4. What has caused Pharoah to faint?

5. When Rickey and Lafeyette shoplift, what are they unaware of?

Short Essay Questions

1. Mention something about the character of Craig Davis.

2. How does LaJoe's house become overcrowded?

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

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

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

6. What is the contrast between the murders in an affluent school and the shooting of Alonzo at Horner?

7. How do the boys sometimes make money?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay on social welfare systems in America. Give a balanced view, expressing the ways in which it certainly has helped a number of people. On the other hand, mention its inadequacies and offer suggestions about how it might be improved.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay entitled "Kick the Dog." Begin with a story about a man who was harassed at work all day. When he comes home, the dog greets him with its tail wagging. The man, unable to fight back at work, takes his anger out by kicking the innocent dog. Using LaJoe and Lafeyette as examples, write your paper about how people often take out their frustrations of innocent and often helpless people.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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