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. Besides rumbles between gangs, another common occurrence is fighting whom, according to McCall?

2. From where is McCall released in February 1978?

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

4. After someone McCall knows is shot by a homeowner while breaking into a home, what does McCall do?

5. On a weekend furlough in Chapter 22, McCall spends the night with whom and realizes the feeling between them is gone?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 19, how and why do McCall's inmates decorate their cells?

2. In Chapter ,4 McCall is now in a black junior high school, but he is still the new kid; what are some things he does to help him fit in?

3. McCall's relationship with Elisabeth Miller keeps him off the streets but raises a different issue. Explain.

4. In Chapter 20 and 21, how do McCall's encounters with women affect him?

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

6. Why does McCall dislike his stepfather's behavior with white people?

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

8. How does McCall relate what happens with the manual prison labor in Chapter 19 with his stepfather's teachings?

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

10. Why does McCall feel he should have acted differently when he refuses work while on a prison type plantation in Chapter 19?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 34, McCall talks about the pressure not to marry Debbie and his idea that the marriage will legitimize things. Explain circumstances. Discuss how the the pressure to not marry and McCall's perception of "legitimization" compare to McCall's decisions in earlier years on the streets and in the prison.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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