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. According to Chapter 4, how many blocks is the walk to the black junior high school near McCall's home in the new black housing development?

2. In Chapter 10, McCall talks about gifts under a Christmas tree that he ____.

3. The wealthier side of the new black housing development is separated from a poorer white neighborhood which is called what?

4. After losing his job, McCall is soon looking for opportunities to do what?

5. Who, according to McCall in Chapter 10, backs up his alibi when McCall needs one?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are Debbie's parents happy about the pregnancy, while McCall's parents are not in Chapter 32?

2. Why do Debbie and McCall work on staying married?

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

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

5. How does McCall's relationship with his son, Monroe, compare to McCall's relationship with his biological father as described in Chapter 30?

6. Why do friends and family have to help McCall when he goes to visit his kids in Atlanta, in Chapter 42?

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

8. McCall describes his experience with a "train" being run on someone he cares about. How does McCall feel about this and what leads up to this event?

9. Why does McCall see his grandchild as a another cycle of life?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

In Part II of the book, how does McCall's incarceration and the people he meets while incarcerated affect his thinking and perceptions? Use specific examples and explain why chose those examples.

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

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.

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