There Are No Children Here Test | Final 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. Why does LaJoe want to try and move away from Horner?

2. What is the subject of the poem Craig had written that haunts Lafeyette?

3. What is Lafeyette's sentence?

4. Who do they meet on the way and invite to join them?

5. Why do the families of the boys refuse to pay damages for the truck?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does LaJoe remember the day Terrence was sentenced since Terrence had requested that she not come to court that day?

2. What does Rickey do that displeases LaJoe?

3. What is the special fear of Pharoah?

4. Describe Lafeyette's frame of mind at Craig's funeral.

5. Why do LaJoe and Lafeyette back off from trying to stop the beating of a man by some Horner gang members?

6. How does Pharoah react to his visit to the courtroom?

7. What hope is inspired in Pharoah as a result of his inclusion in the Upward Bound program at the University of Illinois?

8. How do Pharoah and Lafeyette happen to run into Rickey on their way for a treat?

9. Describe the conflict between Lafeyette and Paul over the puppy Rickey gave him.

10. When Pharoah and Porkchop go to visit Dawn, what is her condition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 an essay on the exploitation of children. Begin with the need for Lafeyette to grow old before his time. Expand that theme to child soldiers and sweatshop laborers. Discuss how and why this exploitation happens to children all over the world.

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