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 causes the delay in the trial on Wednesday, July 8?

2. On what street does Osvaldo live?

3. What reason does Steve provide for why two particular items are taken away from prisoners?

4. What is Richard Evans' nickname in this book?

5. What does Steve say about the camera in the kind of movie he feels his life is like in the prologue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when a preacher comes to visit the prisoners?

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

3. 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?

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 does Wendell Bolden look and act like?

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

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

8. What does Star Wars have to do with the way Steve designs the beginning of his film?

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

10. What does Mr. Nesbitt look like in the pictures the prosecution passes around to the jury?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does this novel communicate to the reader about personal responsibility and guilt? Write an analysis describing and investigating what Myers thinks about these two issues. Be sure to offer working definitions of each, personal responsibility as well as guilt, and determine, through specific and explicit textual analysis, the ways in which these two issues are similar to each other and/or differ from each other.

Essay Topic 2

A major theme of this book is identity, particularly how Steve's identity is constructed or maintained. Write an analytical essay considering the ways in which Walter Dean Myers makes identity a theme. What are the symbolic or linguistic strategies Myers has employed to communicate and investigate Steve's identity? Be sure to offer a descriptive analysis of Steve's identity and identity crisis, using specific examples.

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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