Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America 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, McCall describes how he begins hustling people and then what?

2. In Chapter 14 McCall makes the college honor roll with what grade point average?

3. How many days in jail does McCall get for shooting a man in the chest?

4. Whatever McCall sells from the armed robberies is because he does not want it or because what?

5. In Chapter ,1 McCall and his friends are what age when they attack another young boy?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Part I of the book, why does McCall think a junior high school was built near the black housing development?

2. When the new housing development is built for blacks, what does McCall describe as the stated goal and the perceived goal for this project?

3. While driving around after graduation and not finding place to meet up with friends, what does McCall mean when he cites this driving around as an analogy of his life at this point?

4. From Chapter 23, how does McCall's behavior indicate his new found realization that he needs to take actions for the long term?

5. How does McCall use his new "power" of the gun when chased by group that has beaten him, and how does he feel?

6. How does McCall respond after going to a party in a hostile neighborhood unarmed with his friends and losing one of their own after fleeing shots from rival group?

7. What does the Cadillac symbolize for McCall's stepfather in Chapter 10 and how does it affect McCall?

8. In Chapter 22, why is McCall hurt by his friends' actions while he is in prison?

9. In Part I, why does McCall envy the dirty white children running around in a restaurant?

10. What happens with Plaz and how is McCall's stepfather involved?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how McCall's actions/behaviors in Chapters 1 though 5 illustrate or embody his fears?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapters 35 through 39, McCall encounters trendy blacks, advice from Milton Campbell, reaction of fellow journalists in Missouri and Danny his co-worker. How does each of these situations affect McCall's perceptions about race? What challenges him? What changes him? Why?

Essay Topic 3

McCall is being beaten by the Cherry Boys and realizes they have no idea when or if they have gone too far in the beating, causing permanent damage or killing him. How does McCall's thoughts about this beating in Chapter 8 compare with his thoughts in Chapter 1 when they beat the white boy on the bicycle?

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