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. McCall vows to do what he can to help but has no idea what to do when his girlfriend tells him what?

2. In the neighborhood junior high school, McCall learns about putting down others as a competitive conversation called what?

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

4. In Chapter ,1 McCall and his friends are what age when they attack another young boy?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. In the opening chapter when McCall, along with others, is beating the young white boy, what is going on in McCall's head?

5. 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?

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

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

8. What happens with Plaz and how is McCall's stepfather involved?

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

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

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

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 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?

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