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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. Who is the author of this book?

2. Osvaldo Cruz is a member of which gang?

3. What does O'Brien say a termite looks like?

4. Where does Kathy O'Brien tell Steve she was born?

5. Steve says prison is like what kind of movie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. When Steve gets dressed for court on Thursday, July 9 and thinks of his mother, what is she doing?

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

5. What does Steve say in his journal for Tuesday, July 7, that all the other prisoners are always talking about?

6. What does Wendell Bolden look and act like?

7. When Steve decides to write a movie, what does he say it will be a story of?

8. How does the typeface of Steve's journal entries indicate stress or special meaning on certain words?

9. How can Steve's lawyer be described?

10. What does James King look like on the first day of the trial?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

The narrative style of this novel is rather unique. Write an analytical essay that describes and analyzes the particular method Walter Dean Myers uses in Steve's journal entries to establish and communicate this point-of-view. In addition, what are the narrative benefits of such a point-of-view? How do these journal entries most effectively tell those parts of the story?

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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