1. Why is there an assembly at the beginning of the book?
The assembly at the beginning of the book is held to honor students who have done well academically. The principal is trying to encourage students who do well. Even the mayor of Washington, D.C., comes to speak.
2. What are some things that have happened lately at the beginning of the book that indicate Ballou Senior High is a troubled and violent school?
Ballou High Senior High School is a troubled and violent school. A boy is shot during lunch. Another student is hacked with an axe. A girl gang member is wounded in a knife fight with a female rival. Fires are set weekly in lockers and bathrooms, and an unidentified body is dumped a few weeks ago behind the parking lot.
3. Why are there few athletes at Ballou Senior High?
At Ballou Senior High, there are few athletes because to participate in athletics students must have a 2.0 grade point average. Most students cannot maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
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