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. During one of the clashes in Chapter 9, the police arrive and a boy by what name is killed?

2. When McCall writes to the college in Chapter 23, he explains his situation and asks for what?

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

4. The young boy attacked in Chapter 1 is riding what when he is attacked?

5. When several of McCall's friends drop out of school, what does McCall give as his reason for staying in school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the clash between McCall and his stepfather about work and keeping a job in Part I of the book, reflect each of their views on dealing with white people? (First explain both points of view.)

Essay Topic 2

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 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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