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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 do the guards do after the prisoner starts a fight when the preacher visits?

2. What does Wendell Bolton say he gave his mother for Christmas?

3. What does Steve wonder in the prologue if he will still do what when the trial is over?

4. In the credits in Chapter 1, Sandra Petrocelli is credited as what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does O'Brien say about Petrocelli's bringing the crime scene photos out again just before the long weekend recess?

3. On Sunday the 12th, how does Steve see his brother Jerry?

4. Who owns thel gun used in the crime, and is it a legal gun?

5. When Briggs questions Henry about identifying King, what does she admit about the photographs the police showed her?

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

7. What does Henry mean in the pretrial questioning when she says she is having trouble testifying that King was involved in the crime?

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

9. In the first journal entry, why does Steve say he does not recognize himself?

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

Essay 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

The time line and time frame of this novel are not chronological, but are told rather in flashbacks. Pick at least three specific examples of flashbacks in this book. With each example, describe and contextualize what came before it and what came after it. In addition, write analytical descriptions of the flashbacks. Be sure to include in your analysis why Myers chose to convey this specific information in flashback structure rather than in chronological order. What does the specific structure of each flashback add to the memory that Myers could not achieve with chronological order?

Essay Topic 3

This story relies not only on journal entries, but also on scenes from a screenplay to establish plot, setting, characterization, action, and other fictional elements. Write an analytical essay explaining how Walter Dean Myers establishes Steve's point-of-view in these screenplay scenes. In addition, be sure to include detailed analyses of how this specific point-of-view effectively communicates fictional elements including, but not limited to plot, setting, or characterization.

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