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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 Chapter 2, readers discover that many feel the new housing development for blacks was created not to provide equal housing but for what?
3. According to McCall in Chapter 21, who has the men's hormones in turmoil and he hates them for this sexual tension?
4. When several of McCall's friends drop out of school, what does McCall give as his reason for staying in school?
5. What year did McCall's mother begin her relationship with McCall's biological father?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 22, why is McCall hurt by his friends' actions while he is in prison?
2. Early in Part I of the book, McCall presents his "understanding" about white people which is what?
3. In Part I, why does McCall envy the dirty white children running around in a restaurant?
4. McCall's relationship with Elisabeth Miller keeps him off the streets but raises a different issue. Explain.
5. According to McCall in Chapter 6, why does he expect that his mother should have talked to her boys about sex?
6. Why does McCall feel he should have acted differently when he refuses work while on a prison type plantation in Chapter 19?
7. What does the Cadillac symbolize for McCall's stepfather in Chapter 10 and how does it affect McCall?
8. When several of McCall's friends decide to drop out of school, why does McCall stay in school?
9. When the new housing development is built for blacks, what does McCall describe as the stated goal and the perceived goal for this project?
10. What happens with Plaz and how is McCall's stepfather involved?
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
In Chapter 34, McCall talks about the pressure not to marry Debbie and his idea that the marriage will legitimize things. Explain circumstances. Discuss how the the pressure to not marry and McCall's perception of "legitimization" compare to McCall's decisions in earlier years on the streets and in the prison.
Essay Topic 3
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.)
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