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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 is the color of Petrocelli's suit in Chapter 1?

2. Who is the author of this book?

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

4. The opening credits of the movie in Chapter 1 are designed to look like the opening credits of what famous film?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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. Describe the kind of movie Steve says it feels as if he has stepped into?

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Detective Karyl describe the crime scene at the pharmacy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using specific textual examples, describe and contextualize the way Walter Dean Myers uses the word "monster" in this book. Be sure to consider how the author means it literally as well as metaphorically or symbolically, and be sure to discuss to which character(s) this word applies.

Essay Topic 2

A major theme of this book is identity, particularly how Steve's identity is constructed or maintained. Write an analytical essay considering the ways in which Walter Dean Myers makes identity a theme. What are the symbolic or linguistic strategies Myers has employed to communicate and investigate Steve's identity? Be sure to offer a descriptive analysis of Steve's identity and identity crisis, using specific examples.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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