|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
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 Topic 1
Write a detailed essay explaining the long-term effects Steve's experience in prison will have on him, based on the end of the the novel. Be sure to include not only how Steve has changed--and how these changes will affect him--but also how his experience has changed his relationships with his family or friends. You must include examples from at least two of his relationships with other people.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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?
This section contains 965 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)