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 Lafeyette drop out of Providence-St. Mel?

2. Who is presiding over Terrence's trial for armed robbery?

3. Who fights in LaJoe's apartment while she is out?

4. Where is Pharoah going during the summer of 1989?

5. What incriminating thing had Derrick said to the truck owner at the stadium?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Pharoah stay up all night on December 30th?

2. What are some of the improvements Vincent Lane is able to make in the projects?

3. Describe what Pharoah sees as the boys are eating their food outside the Main Street hot dog stand.

4. How does the judge make LaJoe feel after Lafeyette's hearing?

5. Describe Lafeyette's brush with the law that gets him arrested.

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

7. What does Rickey do that displeases LaJoe?

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

9. What is it about public defender Anne Rhodes that Lafeyette does not understand?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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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