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 does Malcolm accuse Paul of wanting when he tries to fix him up with a girl?

2. What method does Baldwin use to show flashbacks to Malcolm's early life?

3. Malcolm says "That cat who says he's in utilities actually is in utilities ___________________________."

4. Who is Sophia?

5. Why does Earl have to walk home that night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the opening sequence in the screenplay?

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

3. What marks a real turning point for Malcolm and his message?

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

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

6. What does Malcolm discover when he gets to the scene of the fight?

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

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

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

10. Who sees the potential in Malcolm and gives him good advice?

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 Prejudice. Using the Movement as an example and the early militancy of Malcolm, discuss how prejudice causes people to make wrong decisions, not to listen to opposing ideas, and generalizations that are transferred wrongly onto individuals.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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