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. In Chapter 12, McCall looks at what movie/show and how it affects young black men?

2. On a weekend furlough in Chapter 22, McCall spends the night with whom and realizes the feeling between them is gone?

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. As the new kid in the black junior high school, McCall is introduced to the term "getting clean" which means what?

5. How old was McCall's mother when she began her relationship with McCall's biological father?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Part I of the book, why does McCall think a junior high school was built near the black housing development?

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

4. 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?

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

6. According to McCall in Chapter 6, why does he expect that his mother should have talked to her boys about sex?

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

8. Why does McCall feel he should have acted differently when he refuses work while on a prison type plantation in Chapter 19?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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)?

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