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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 23, the college responds to McCall, telling him to do what?

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

3. In Chapter 9, McCall is arrested for possession of what?

4. How old is McCall when the parents of his former girlfriend want him to testify about her assault?

5. In Chapter 3, McCall talks about his family, including his two full bothers whose names are what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does McCall's reaction to the watermelon eating contest assignment reflect his racial sensitivity?

2. How does McCall deal with his friends' suspicions about his "good fortune" in Part II of the book?

3. 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?

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

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

6. In Part III, what relationship does McCall have with his editor?

7. Why do Debbie and McCall work on staying married?

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

9. Why do friends and family have to help McCall when he goes to visit his kids in Atlanta, in Chapter 42?

10. Why does McCall feel he is bringing another child into a world of pain and strife (Chapter 32)?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In the end of the book, McCall observes, with fear, the younger men on the block at his old hang out, the 7-Eleven. As a young black man growing up in urban America, McCall's every experience has been different or at the very least tainted by racism or misguided rites of passage. His fear of another man's rage has him easing back into his car and leaving the block. Using his story as your guide, explain how McCall's thoughts during this instance would be perceived as a betrayal by some (whom) but as maturity, growth by others (whom).

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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