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

2. What does the white Welfare Worker want to do?

3. What does Earl say will be the outcome of their moving out of town?

4. What happens to Earl Little?

5. Where does Louise tell little Malcolm he was born?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What comes out to explain Louise's fair complexion?

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

6. How does Malcolm recall his father?

7. What is the opening sequence in the screenplay?

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

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

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

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 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 2

Write an essay of two or more typed, double-spaced pages on Visual Arts as a Way of Telling a Story. Using Alex Baldwin's scenario, show how the story is moved along and made clear by the use of various visual flashbacks rather than pages of dialog. Give specific examples describing what message of those visuals convey.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay of two or more typed, double-spaced pages No Honor Among Thieves. Use the association between Malcolm and West Indian Archie as an example of how criminals do not trust other criminals. Broaden the discussion into the problem of trusting other people when one is not trustworthy himself. Explain why a liar always thinks other people are lying, too.

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