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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. In the screenplay description of the inmates "yelling from cell to cell," what distinguishes their yells?
2. What crime is prisoner Acie accused of?
3. In the screenplay description of the inmates "yelling from cell to cell," what does the screenplay say about how most of the voices clearly sound?
4. Which two items are taken away from prisoners, according to Steve?
5. Which prisoner is sitting on the toilet in the first chapter?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the kind of movie Steve says it feels as if he has stepped into?
2. In the prologue, Steve says "they say you get used to being in jail." What is Steve's take on this passage?
3. What does James King look like on the first day of the trial?
4. What does Steve say happens if anyone knows you are crying in prison?
5. When Steve gets dressed for court on Thursday, July 9 and thinks of his mother, what is she doing?
6. What does Mr. Nesbitt look like in the pictures the prosecution passes around to the jury?
7. In the first journal entry, why does Steve say he does not recognize himself?
8. What does Star Wars have to do with the way Steve designs the beginning of his film?
9. Why does O'Brien say things are looking bad for Steve's case after Osvaldo's testimony?
10. What are the reasons, according to O'Brien, that Steve should take this trial "very, very seriously"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Life in prison is a big adjustment for Steve, and has a major impact on the way he feels about himself. Describe the details of prison life that most affect Steve, including specific examples from the text. You should include information and analysis on how prison changes Steve and/or does not change him.
Essay Topic 2
One major theme of this novel is teenage violence. Explain the role violence between teenagers and violence perpetrated by teenagers plays in the plot and characterization of this novel, and describe the ways in which Walter Dean Myers explores this theme. Be sure to indicate what you think Myers is trying to communicate to the reader about teenage violence, using specific textual examples.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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