Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America Test | Final 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 the birth of his daughter, McCall gives in to pressure to do what?

2. According to McCall in Chapter 25, who is diagnosed with a terminal illness and kills himself and his wife?

3. In 1981, McCall graduated with honors from what college?

4. In Part II of the book, McCall reflects on why many return to jail withing first ___ years of release.

5. Which brother, according to McCall in Chapter 40, continues to drain his parents' resources?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is McCall's life after being released from St Brides like starting life over?

4. How does McCall deal with his friends' suspicions about his "good fortune" in Part II of the book?

5. How does Debbie's mom respond to the African name chosen for their first son and why does McCall insist on the African name?

6. Why is McCall now afraid of the people with whom he was once so comfortable?

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

8. What happens when McCall deals with the question of whether to abort his own child and an assignment in Chapter 31?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 12 explain the messages in the movies "Superfly" and "The Mack" and how these messages affect McCall and his friends. What does McCall note about the movies that he just lets go right by him?

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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