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. What happens at night when the Little family has gone to bed?

2. Why does Louise lose her job cooking for a white family?

3. Why does Malcolm put a gun to his head and pull the trigger?

4. What city had Laura never heard of?

5. What is the news Judge Merritt brings to Malcolm at the Swerlin house?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does Louise Little, Malcolm's mother, have to confront in the back yard of her house?

2. Unable to pursue his dream, what happens to Malcolm?

3. Where did Alex Baldwin get the material to write the scenario?

4. What dramatic technique does Baldwin use to set up the background of the movie?

5. What is the scene where the character of Laura is introduced?

6. How does Malcolm recall his father?

7. In another flashback, how does Malcolm see himself as a prisoner?

8. What event does Malcolm remember as he watches people on the streets?

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

10. What is the opening sequence in the screenplay?

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 on Reevaluating First Impressions. Using Malcolm X as your example, discuss (1) the first impression most white people had about Malcolm X, (2) the changes that took place in his thinking, and (3) the reason most people did not recognize the changes. Apply that example to a discussion of why first impressions are not always reliable but are difficult to change.

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 Following Your Dream. Begin with Malcolm's blandly accepting Mr. Ostrovski's pronouncement that black people cannot become lawyers. Point out that he did not get that same advice from Mrs. Swerlin. After the examples, personalize the essay for yourself and people in general who are determined to follow a dream.

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