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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. In what is Steve writing down his story?
2. Steve says his movie will be not a story of his life, but a story of what?
3. On what street does Osvaldo live?
4. What does Acie say about the verdict he expects?
5. According to Osvaldo, how old is he?
Short Essay Questions
1. What kind of knife does one prisoner have? Describe it.
2. Describe the kind of movie Steve says it feels as if he has stepped into?
3. Why is one of the other prisoners, Acie, not worried about his impending verdict?
4. When Steve gets dressed for court on Thursday, July 9 and thinks of his mother, what is she doing?
5. What happens when a preacher comes to visit the prisoners?
6. Why is Steve's stomach upset on Wednesday, July 8?
7. Why is Steve not hungry on the morning of Monday, July 6?
8. What is so shocking about Steve's father crying?
9. Why do prison officials take away prisoners' shoelaces and your belt?
10. What is Steve doing when the police come to arrest him and take him away from home?
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
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 book is courtroom drama. Pick one of the legal arguments made by either Petrocelli or O'Brien in their closing arguments. Write a detailed essay explaining the legal reasoning at work in their arguments and the evidence each lawyer has presented to prove her case. Be sure to use specific details from the case and the closing arguments in your answer.
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