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 7, what is the name of the young man that fights McCall to "toughen" him up?

2. In Chapter 9, McCall and his friends' ongoing feud with one group is interrupted by a new threat from where?

3. The wealthier side of the new black housing development is separated from a poorer white neighborhood which is called what?

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

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Part I, McCall describes the power he gets from having a gun. How does this affect him?

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

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

5. How does McCall's advancing knowledge from Jim in Chapter 22 affect McCall's perception of blacks and education?

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

7. Why does McCall refer to the fighting of whites and among groups and gangs, in Chapter 7 as "dress rehearsal?"

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the significance of McCall's approval of unusual names for black babies in relation to his need to rebel against all things mainstream.

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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