One Day When I was Lost: A Scenario 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. Why does Malcolm say he does not write to his mother in the asylum?

2. How does Louise respond when she is called a half-white bitch by Klan members?

3. What does Malcolm admit to Laura that made him proud when he was a little boy?

4. How does Archie outfit Malcolm with new clothes?

5. What famous historical figure do Malcolm and Shorty talk about on Boston Commons?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are Betty's students in the class?

2. What is the Klan's warning to Louise?

3. What is the nature of the directive to Muslim ministers regarding the assassination of the president?

4. What national news floods the media on the day Betty goes to talk to Sidney?

5. What image does the sight of a blonde woman crossing the street arouse in Malcolm?

6. What does Betty get Sidney to admit?

7. What does Betty go to discuss with Sidney?

8. Describe the abrupt change of scene from the meeting with Betty outside her classroom.

9. Why are Luther, Sidney, and Malcolm waiting outside a classroom one day?

10. How does Baldwin depict the disparity between the races?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay of two or more typed, double-spaced pages comparing the burning of Malcolm's childhood home and the Molotov cocktail thrown into Malcolm's home just before he is assassinated. Note how the racist feelings on both sides are similar in nature. Discuss the irony of the situation.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of two or more typed, double-spaced pages on The Role of Religion in Race Relations. Contrast the racist Christian community with the backlash racism that came from the Black Muslim culture. Is there any difference? End your essay with comments on how religion should play a role in uniting people rather than creating a great divide.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of two or more typed, double-spaced pages on Charisma. Begin your essay with Mrs. Swerlin's explanation that people like to be around Malcolm and the reasons she gives. Move to the early days within the movement and why many people followed Malcolm as a militant leader. Conclude with how Malcolm's charisma did not overcome the resentment of his followers after he changed his attitude toward people of other elasticities.

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