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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 is the subtitle of the movie listed in the credits in Chapter 1?

2. In the exterior shot in the screenplay following the note of Tuesday, July 7, who is the heavy woman accompanying the young men?

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

4. In the credits in Chapter One, Kathy O'Brien is credited as what?

5. What time of day does Steve say someone in prison might get beaten up for sniffling?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How can Steve's lawyer be described?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Wendell Bolden look and act like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Some critics might read this novel as a coming of age story, in which Steve's maturation from young man or boy to mature man is one of the themes. In an analytical essay, describe the process of Steve's maturation and development, using specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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