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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 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

Essay Topic 1

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 2

This book is courtroom drama. Pick one of the legal arguments made by either Petrocelli or O'Brien in their closing arguments. Write a detailed essay explaining the legal reasoning at work in their arguments and the evidence each lawyer has presented to prove her case. Be sure to use specific details from the case and the closing arguments in your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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