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. After McCall does what the college tells him to do in Chapter 23, McCall ____ a year's tuition.

2. In Chapter 14, McCall considers that he got a light sentence for shooting a man because the man's life was worth so little and because McCall did so well in what?

3. In one of the clashes between the poor white neighborhood and the new black housing development, what happens to a young black girl?

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

5. McCall's stepfather takes in a child from his previous marriage who is older than McCall; what is this child's name?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. How does McCall relate what happens with the manual prison labor in Chapter 19 with his stepfather's teachings?

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

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

10. What does the Cadillac symbolize for McCall's stepfather in Chapter 10 and how does it affect McCall?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how McCall's actions/behaviors in Chapters 1 though 5 illustrate or embody his fears?

Essay Topic 2

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.)

Essay Topic 3

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.

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