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 22, McCall comes to realize that many blacks feel education has nothing to do with them so they do what?

2. In one of the clashes between the poor white neighborhood and the new black housing development, what happens to a young black girl?

3. According to McCall in Chapter 9, after a boy is killed, who arrives in town with plans for war?

4. Why does McCall start ignoring his friends after he is named homecoming king?

5. Who, according to McCall in Chapter 10, backs up his alibi when McCall needs one?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does McCall enjoy the small things in Chapter 24?

3. How does McCall deal with his friends' suspicions about his "good fortune" in Part II of the book?

4. In the opening chapter when McCall, along with others, is beating the young white boy, what is going on in McCall's head?

5. In Part III, what relationship does McCall have with his editor?

6. What does McCall realize about his life after Moses Battle teaches him how to play chess in Chapter 17?

7. Why do friends and family have to help McCall when he goes to visit his kids in Atlanta, in Chapter 42?

8. Why does McCall feel he is bringing another child into a world of pain and strife (Chapter 32)?

9. What does McCall fear about his kids from Debbie and what does he do about it, according to Chapter 34?

10. How does McCall proceed with the advice he got from Milton regarding his prison record during the Washington Post interview?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does Stanley's visit and the resulting scenes and events in McCall's life facilitate McCall's decision to leave behind drug use from this point forward? How does this turning point reflect other changes that occurred in McCall's life during this time as well (family, career)?

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 14, McCall shoots a man who had once raped and is now harassing Elisabeth. How does the system handle McCall and this crime and how does this compare to how something like this might be handled in today's system with a shooter like McCall and a man like Plaz? Consider the type of threat to Elisabeth as an influencing factor as well.

Essay Topic 3

In the end of the book, McCall observes, with fear, the younger men on the block at his old hang out, the 7-Eleven. As a young black man growing up in urban America, McCall's every experience has been different or at the very least tainted by racism or misguided rites of passage. His fear of another man's rage has him easing back into his car and leaving the block. Using his story as your guide, explain how McCall's thoughts during this instance would be perceived as a betrayal by some (whom) but as maturity, growth by others (whom).

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