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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. How old is Steve's brother?

2. What is Steve wearing when his father comes to visit him in prison?

3. Steve says his movie will be not a story of his life, but a story of what?

4. What stolen goods does Wendell Bolton buy?

5. In the screenplay description of the inmates "yelling from cell to cell," what distinguishes their yells?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Steve say happens if anyone knows you are crying in prison?

2. Why does O'Brien say things are looking bad for Steve's case after Osvaldo's testimony?

3. What does Wendell Bolden look and act like?

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

5. Why does Johnny, the ringleader of the eventual crime, want to rob a pharmacy instead of a bank?

6. What does Steve say about why he thinks Petrocelli is using Bolden's testimony?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Much of the complexity of this novel rests on the difference between moral innocence and legal innocence. In an analytical essay, define each of these terms and describe the difference between them. Be sure to consider whether or not Steve is morally innocent of his crimes, despite the fact that his legal innocence was established.

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

Walter Dean Myers uses film and a screenplay format not only as a narrative mode, but also as a metaphor and symbol in Steve's life. In an analytical essay explaining how film works literally as well as symbolically in this novel, describe the ways in which "film" plays an important role in Steve's life. What are some of the things that characterize the role film plays?

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