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 Earl have to walk home that night?

2. Why does Malcolm think Shorty wants to set him up with a particular woman?

3. Who does Laura say wears the sky like an overcoat?

4. What does Malcolm's father believe is the real homeland of his people in America?

5. What rule does Mrs. Swerlin say she got from her father and that she lives by?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Malcolm muse about as he thinks about his past?

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

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

4. What is Malcolm's ambition after he finishes high school?

5. Whose voice do the viewers hear saying, "Brothers, sisters, this is not our home! Our homeland is in Africa! In Africa!"

6. What is the opening sequence in the screenplay?

7. When the radio announces that Malcolm X will speak at the Audubon Ballroom, what does the viewer learn?

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

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

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

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 How Things Have Changed Since Malcolm X. Include such things as the civil rights movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the rise of political figures such as Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Andrew Young. Conclude with the election of President Barak Obama.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of two or more typed, double-spaced pages on Things That Can Change Personal Views. Pick three areas such as (1) a religious experience, (2) a near death experience, or (3) a wartime experience and write an essay on events that can change a person dramatically.

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