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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 the subtitle of the movie listed in the credits in Chapter 1?

2. How old is Steve?

3. Osvaldo Cruz is a member of which gang?

4. Which two items are taken away from prisoners, according to Steve?

5. What has Steve never seen his father do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the charges against Wendell Bolden get dropped?

2. What kind of knife does one prisoner have? Describe it.

3. Describe the kind of movie Steve says it feels as if he has stepped into?

4. 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?

5. What is so shocking about Steve's father crying?

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

7. When does Steve say he feels most involved with his case?

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

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

10. What does Steve think his father's crying means?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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