Monster Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Briggs think Wendell Bolton's true motivation is for fingering King in the robbery?

2. In the notes Steve writes just after his father leaves, what does he say he did at the drugstore?

3. What is the color of Petrocelli's suit in Chapter 1?

4. What has Steve never seen his father do?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why do prison officials take away prisoners' shoelaces and your belt?

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

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

6. What does Wendell Bolden look and act like?

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. Why do the charges against Wendell Bolden get dropped?

9. How can Steve's lawyer be described?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

One interpretation of Steve's actions may lay the blame for his involvement with Mr. Nesbitt's murder on peer pressure and his desire to belong. Write an analytical essay defining peer pressure and Steve's desire to fit in, explaining the circumstances under which he allowed himself to be influenced, and the (bad) choices he made. You may, if you like, include whether or not you think that Steve's friends are more responsible for his actions that he himself is.

Essay Topic 3

In a persuasive and analytical essay, describe the format of this novel. First, describe the various format(s) Myers uses in this novel. Second, decide whether or not you think one kind of format used in this novel is more effective than the other in communicating the major fictional elements: setting, characterization, imagery, symbolism, plot, action, etc. Be sure to write an essay with a strong argument about the effectiveness of the various format(s) you have described in the first part of the question.

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