Life on the Outside: The Prison Odyssey of Elaine Bartlett 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. In Chapter 11, who is sentenced to 63 days in solitary confinement?

2. Why says, "The more I waited, the nervouser I got."

3. What journalist turns Elaine's cause into a personal crusade?

4. In 2000 to 2001, what is the minimum for a studio apartment on the Lower East Side where Elaine lives and works?

5. Whose nickname was "Maximum John?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of South Forty?

2. Describe Sabrina.

3. What information does Elaine include in a letter asking to be considered for clemency?

4. Describe Elaine's mother.

5. What does Elaine choose to wear in Chapter 1.

6. What is Alfonso Camacho's background? Do you think Alfonso Camacho is a good parole officer? Why or why not?

7. Describe Lora Tucker.

8. Describe the vehicle that brings Elaine to Bedford Hills Prison.

9. Why do you think some women have a hard time leaving Bedford Hills Prison?

10. Describe Fiske Cottage and how Elaine feels about it.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the "War on Drugs" as evidenced by laws like the Rockefeller drug laws. Why are drugs a problem in American society? Do strong drug laws deter offenders? Does the punishment fit the crime? Support your answers with statistics from today's drugs and drug laws. Make a recommendation on what you think the best solution to the problem is. Be sure to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Most books have a theme or a central message. What would you say the overlying message or theme for "Life on the Outside" is? Give examples to support your answer. Is it easy or difficult to know what the message is?

Essay Topic 3

What role does poverty and race play in Elaine's arrest, conviction, and sentencing? Does it play a role in her initial denial for clemency? Explain your answer, providing supporting information from the book.

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