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 make fun of the deacon?

2. Who is the one-eyed preacher?

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

4. What thoughtless remark does Judge Merritt make about black people?

5. What is the name given to Malcolm during a fist fight in prison?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What are the three areas of Malcolm's life represented in the scenario?

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

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

7. What stands in the way of Malcolm's marrying Laura?

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

9. What are the two religious books where Malcolm's name is written?

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

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 How Terrorist Klan Activity Affected Malcolm X. In the essay refer to the threats and eventually burning of his family home gave Malcolm his first impressions of surviving in a white world. Include the murder of his father and the lame excuses the insurance company gave for not honoring Earl's policy. Conclude by speculating how such violence can only be expected to breed hatred and fear.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay of two or more typed, double-spaced pages on the importance of dialog in human relationships. Early on in his career with the Movement, Malcolm never entertained the idea of dialog with white people. He learned the importance of dialog when he visited Mecca. Discuss how open dialog should be the first step taken in bringing conflicting sides together.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of two or more typed, double-spaced pages on Being Careful About Friendships. Start with how Malcolm thought Luther and the Leader were his friends only to learn of their jealousy and danger to him and his family. Go to Sidney who was his friend as long as he held to the militant line. Then cover how the masses who once cheered him on, turned against his new message of conciliation.

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