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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. How old is Steve's brother?

2. In Steve's notes for Tuesday, July 7th, he notes that one prisoner has a knife. What is this knife actually made of?

3. Steve says prison is like what kind of movie?

4. Osvaldo Cruz is a member of which gang?

5. Why does Johnny think that "bank money is too serious?"

Short Essay Questions

1. On Sunday the 12th, how does Steve see his brother Jerry?

2. Why do prison officials take away prisoners' shoelaces and your belt?

3. What does James King look like on the first day of the trial?

4. What kind of knife does one prisoner have? Describe it.

5. What does Steve say in his journal for Tuesday, July 7, that all the other prisoners are always talking about?

6. What do the prisoners eat for breakfast on Sunday, July 12?

7. What has O'Brien asked Steve to do when his response is to write down Mr. Sawicki's name twice?

8. What is Steve doing when the police come to arrest him and take him away from home?

9. What does Steve say about why he thinks Petrocelli is using Bolden's testimony?

10. In the prologue, Steve says "they say you get used to being in jail." What is Steve's take on this passage?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Steve and King are very different people on trial for the same crime. Write an essay comparing and contrasting these two characters. Be sure to include both examples and details of what they look like, who they are, how they behave, etc., as well as an analysis of the strategies Walter Dean Myers employed to achieve these two different characters.

Essay Topic 2

Some critics might read this novel as a coming of age story, in which Steve's maturation from young man or boy to mature man is one of the themes. In an analytical essay, describe the process of Steve's maturation and development, using specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

The time line and time frame of this novel are not chronological, but are told rather in flashbacks. Pick at least three specific examples of flashbacks in this book. With each example, describe and contextualize what came before it and what came after it. In addition, write analytical descriptions of the flashbacks. Be sure to include in your analysis why Myers chose to convey this specific information in flashback structure rather than in chronological order. What does the specific structure of each flashback add to the memory that Myers could not achieve with chronological order?

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