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. While at St. Brides, McCall learns what trade?

2. In Chapter 2, readers find that the new black housing development is separated from the poor white neighborhood by what?

3. In Chapter 23, McCall is considering a career in either journalism or what?

4. In Chapter 23, the college responds to McCall, telling him to do what?

5. In Chapter 11, McCall describes how he begins hustling people and then what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. In Chapter 5, how is McCall affected after being caught shoplifting?

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

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

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

10. Why do McCall and his stepfather clash about work in Chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

McCall is being beaten by the Cherry Boys and realizes they have no idea when or if they have gone too far in the beating, causing permanent damage or killing him. How does McCall's thoughts about this beating in Chapter 8 compare with his thoughts in Chapter 1 when they beat the white boy on the bicycle?

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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