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 1964, McCall and his family move into a new housing development called what?

2. In Chapter 23, McCall finds himself transferred to St. Bride's which is what type of place?

3. In Chapter 16, McCall and his son's mother run a scam that besides them affects other peoples what?

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

5. How many days in jail does McCall get for shooting a man in the chest?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 22, why is McCall hurt by his friends' actions while he is in prison?

2. Why does McCall feel like a slave on an auction block in Chapter 27?

3. In Part I, why does McCall envy the dirty white children running around in a restaurant?

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

5. How does McCall respond after going to a party in a hostile neighborhood unarmed with his friends and losing one of their own after fleeing shots from rival group?

6. In the opening chapter when McCall, along with others, is beating the young white boy, what is going on in McCall's head?

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

8. How does Stanley's visit become a turning point for McCall and the drug scene?

9. In Chapter 20 and 21, how do McCall's encounters with women affect him?

10. Why does McCall dislike his stepfather's behavior with white people?

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 are the people in McCall's life, outside of the prison, affected by his incarceration? (His son, Elisabeth, his parents, siblings, grandmother, etc.)

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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