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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Richard Evans' nickname in this book?



2. What color suit is Steve wearing when Osvaldo identifies him in court?



3. Which two items are taken away from prisoners, according to Steve?



4. Why is Steve having stomach problems on Wednesday, July 8?



5. Who is comforting whom at the end of the scene between Steve and his father?



Short Essay Questions

1. When Steve gets dressed for court on Thursday, July 9 and thinks of his mother, what is she doing?



2. What is James King's verdict and sentence?



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



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



5. What are the reasons, according to O'Brien, that Steve should take this trial "very, very seriously"?



6. Why does Johnny, the ringleader of the eventual crime, want to rob a pharmacy instead of a bank?



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



8. What does Henry mean in the pretrial questioning when she says she is having trouble testifying that King was involved in the crime?



9. When O'Brien comes to see Steve on July 14 after Bobo's testimony, what does she say she has to now do in court to save Steve?



10. How do readers know what Steve's verdict is, based on the screenplay?



Essay Topics

One of the most significant players in Steve's life is Kathy O'Brien. Write a character analysis of Kathy O'Brien, explaining who she is, how she behaves, and what her role in this novel is. Be sure to offer specific textual passages showing how this character is developed throughout the novel. You may want to include whether or not Kathy O'Brien's character undergoes any changes, and if so, detail them.

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.

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.

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