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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. What has Steve never seen his father do?
3. Where does Kathy O'Brien tell Steve she was born?
4. What does Steve notice about the mirror in his cell in the prologue?
5. Steve says his movie will be not a story of his life, but a story of what?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Steve decides to write a movie, what does he say it will be a story of?
2. 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?
3. Describe the kind of movie Steve says it feels as if he has stepped into?
4. Why does O'Brien say things are looking bad for Steve's case after Osvaldo's testimony?
5. Why does the first shot of the movie (Monday, July 6) feature Steve lying with the blanket over his head?
6. What is so shocking about Steve's father crying?
7. When does Steve say he feels most involved with his case?
8. What are the reasons, according to O'Brien, that Steve should take this trial "very, very seriously"?
9. Why is Steve not hungry on the morning of Monday, July 6?
10. In the first journal entry, why does Steve say he does not recognize himself?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In a persuasive and analytical essay, describe the format of this novel. First, describe the various format(s) Myers uses in this novel. Second, decide whether or not you think one kind of format used in this novel is more effective than the other in communicating the major fictional elements: setting, characterization, imagery, symbolism, plot, action, etc. Be sure to write an essay with a strong argument about the effectiveness of the various format(s) you have described in the first part of the question.
Essay Topic 2
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.
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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