Monster 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. Why does Briggs think it is strange that Evans would have told Wendell Bolton about the stolen goods?

2. What time of day does Steve say someone in prison might get beaten up for sniffling?

3. Where does Kathy O'Brien tell Steve she was born?

4. What does Wendell Bolton say he gave his mother for Christmas?

5. King says that all you need to get paid is a "crew with some heart" and what else?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the newscaster in Steve's "notes" section of the screenplay asks a passerby if he is shocked by the crime, what is the man's response?

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

3. When does Steve say he feels most involved with his case?

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

5. Why do the charges against Wendell Bolden get dropped?

6. What does Mr. Nesbitt look like in the pictures the prosecution passes around to the jury?

7. Why does O'Brien say things are looking bad for Steve's case after Osvaldo's testimony?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does this novel communicate to the reader about personal responsibility and guilt? Write an analysis describing and investigating what Myers thinks about these two issues. Be sure to offer working definitions of each, personal responsibility as well as guilt, and determine, through specific and explicit textual analysis, the ways in which these two issues are similar to each other and/or differ from each other.

Essay Topic 2

Write a detailed essay explaining the long-term effects Steve's experience in prison will have on him, based on the end of the the novel. Be sure to include not only how Steve has changed--and how these changes will affect him--but also how his experience has changed his relationships with his family or friends. You must include examples from at least two of his relationships with other people.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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