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 what year does McCall briefly attend a white junior high school for purposes of integration?

2. Feeling the power of the gun after shooting at a gang chasing him, McCall goes home in Part I and almost confesses all he has done to whom?

3. After McCall and his friends beat the young man in Chapter 1, what does McCall admit he feared for a moment?

4. McCall learns a lot from a man named Jim who has been _______ for more than a decade.

5. In Chapter 21, McCall writes about his sexual frustration, describing how rival gangs even fight over someone whose name is what?

Short Essay Questions

1. When several of McCall's friends decide to drop out of school, why does McCall stay in school?

2. How does McCall and Elisabeth's scam affect them and the neighborhood?

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

4. Early in Part I of the book, McCall presents his "understanding" about white people which is what?

5. Why do McCall and his stepfather clash about work in Chapter 10?

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

7. 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?

8. In Chapter 11, McCall is hustling people and breaking into homes; why does he stop?

9. What scam do Elisabeth and McCall run in Chapter 15?

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

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

How does McCall's driving around and never finding his friends serve as an analogy of his life up to this point? Be specific and support with details from McCall's life up to this point.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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