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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. How old is Steve's brother?
2. The stage directions refer to Wendell Bolden's hands as what?
3. Why is Steve having stomach problems on Wednesday, July 8?
4. Why does Johnny think that "bank money is too serious?"
5. On what street does Osvaldo live?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Steve decides to write a movie, what does he say it will be a story of?
2. What happens when a preacher comes to visit the prisoners?
3. How can Steve's lawyer be described?
4. Why is Steve's stomach upset on Wednesday, July 8?
5. What kind of knife does one prisoner have? Describe it.
6. In the first journal entry, why does Steve say he does not recognize himself?
7. What does Steve say about why he thinks Petrocelli is using Bolden's testimony?
8. In the prologue, Steve says "they say you get used to being in jail." What is Steve's take on this passage?
9. When Steve gets dressed for court on Thursday, July 9 and thinks of his mother, what is she doing?
10. Why does Johnny, the ringleader of the eventual crime, want to rob a pharmacy instead of a bank?
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
Walter Dean Myers uses film and a screenplay format not only as a narrative mode, but also as a metaphor and symbol in Steve's life. In an analytical essay explaining how film works literally as well as symbolically in this novel, describe the ways in which "film" plays an important role in Steve's life. What are some of the things that characterize the role film plays?
Essay Topic 3
The fact that Steve is African American plays an important role in the way his court case seems to go, as well as in the way he feels about himself. Describe and analyze the role that race plays in this narrative. You may want to include examples from other characters, white and black, to make your case.
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