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. What is the name of the boy in Part I of the book that McCall and others think is dead, only to find him alive and at home when they return to their neighborhood?

2. In Chapter 2, readers discover that many feel the new housing development for blacks was created not to provide equal housing but for what?

3. In Part I of the book, McCall recalls a moment when this person grabbed one of his brothers and told them to "stop acting like a nigger." Who is this person?

4. In Chapter 10, McCall talks about gifts under a Christmas tree that he ____.

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

10. In Part I, why does McCall envy the dirty white children running around in a restaurant?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter 12 explain the messages in the movies "Superfly" and "The Mack" and how these messages affect McCall and his friends. What does McCall note about the movies that he just lets go right by him?

Essay Topic 2

Looking at Part III of the book, highlight examples of McCall's race sensitivity as well as when he let it overcome him and when he stepped back and did not let it cloud his decisions.

Essay Topic 3

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

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