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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. What reason does Steve provide for why two particular items are taken away from prisoners?

2. Which prisoner is sitting on the toilet in the first chapter?

3. What is Steve's cot made out of?

4. The prologue of Monster is written in what style?

5. Osvaldo Cruz is a member of which gang?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Wendell Bolden look and act like?

2. In the first journal entry, why does Steve say he does not recognize himself?

3. What does Steve say happens if anyone knows you are crying in prison?

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

5. What is so shocking about Steve's father crying?

6. How does the typeface of Steve's journal entries indicate stress or special meaning on certain words?

7. What does Steve think his father's crying means?

8. When Steve decides to write a movie, what does he say it will be a story of?

9. Why is Steve's stomach upset on Wednesday, July 8?

10. What does Star Wars have to do with the way Steve designs the beginning of his film?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of the complexity of this novel rests on the difference between moral innocence and legal innocence. In an analytical essay, define each of these terms and describe the difference between them. Be sure to consider whether or not Steve is morally innocent of his crimes, despite the fact that his legal innocence was established.

Essay Topic 2

This novel features a family where there are two parents, yet somehow Steve still managed to get into trouble. Analyze the roles Steve's parents play in his life, including before, during, and after prison. What characterizes his relationship with his parents? What responsibility do they have for him getting in trouble (if any) and what are the ways in which they tried to help him out of trouble?

Essay Topic 3

While novels are written media, screenplays are the written version of a visual media, film. This book also contains several typographical elements as well as photographs and drawings to communicate visual information. Taking into account all of these formats, describe the fictional strategies Myers has employed to construct imagery and images in this book. How does he blend visual media with written media effectively?

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