The Basketball Diaries Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jim say will go up in smoke every time a page in his future book gets turned?

2. What does Jim steal from the back of a truck in the summer of 1966?

3. Who does Jim attend a game at Yankee Stadium with?

4. What team does Benny Greenbaum invite Jim to join?

5. Who accompanies Jim to 89th to find a dealer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the abuse Jim experiences at Riker's compare to the harsh reality of his everyday life on the streets? What psychological problems might he face as a result of his experiences?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Jim become disillusioned with the peace movement? Why does he believe that leaders are not needed? What type of change does he suggest?

Essay Topic 3

Why does Jim want to return to public school? How is his Catholic school different than a public school? How is it similar?

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