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. According to Chapter 4, how many blocks is the walk to the black junior high school near McCall's home in the new black housing development?

2. In Chapter 23, McCall is introduced to the fundamentals of what religion?

3. How old is McCall's mother by the time she has birthed three sons?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. In Chapter 5, how is McCall affected after being caught shoplifting?

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

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

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

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

9. Why is McCall relieved when he is realizes he will have to serve at least 18 months in jail of his sentence of several years for robbing McDonald's?

10. McCall describes his experience with a "train" being run on someone he cares about. How does McCall feel about this and what leads up to this event?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In Part I of the book there are several instances that support the theme of juvenile invincibility that is felt by a young McCall and and his friends. Discuss this theme and provide details from Part I that illustrate this feeling of invincibility among McCall and other young boys described by McCall during this part of his life. What were the more effective glimpses into this mentality provided by McCall in this part of the book and why?

Essay Topic 3

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

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