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

2. In the prologue, Steve is surprised that the prisoners still do what, even though they are strangers?

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

4. What does the prisoner who wants to read Steve's screenplay want to do with the word 'Monster'?

5. Why does Johnny think that "bank money is too serious?"

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Steve's stomach upset on Wednesday, July 8?

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

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

5. Why does the first shot of the movie (Monday, July 6) feature Steve lying with the blanket over his head?

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

7. 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?

8. What happens when a preacher comes to visit the prisoners?

9. Why is Steve not hungry on the morning of Monday, July 6?

10. How can Steve's lawyer be described?

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

While novels are written media, screenplays are the written version of a visual media, film. This book also contains several typographical elements as well as photographs and drawings to communicate visual information. Taking into account all of these formats, describe the fictional strategies Myers has employed to construct imagery and images in this book. How does he blend visual media with written media effectively?

Essay Topic 3

The time line and time frame of this novel are not chronological, but are told rather in flashbacks. Pick at least three specific examples of flashbacks in this book. With each example, describe and contextualize what came before it and what came after it. In addition, write analytical descriptions of the flashbacks. Be sure to include in your analysis why Myers chose to convey this specific information in flashback structure rather than in chronological order. What does the specific structure of each flashback add to the memory that Myers could not achieve with chronological order?

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