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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 the credits in Chapter 1, Osvaldo Cruz is credited as what?

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

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

4. Why does Steve start writing his own movie?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Steve's stomach upset on Wednesday, July 8?

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

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

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

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

6. In the prologue, Steve says "they say you get used to being in jail." What is Steve's take on this passage?

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

8. Why is one of the other prisoners, Acie, not worried about his impending verdict?

9. What are the reasons, according to O'Brien, that Steve should take this trial "very, very seriously"?

10. Why does the first shot of the movie (Monday, July 6) feature Steve lying with the blanket over his head?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One major theme of this novel is teenage violence. Explain the role violence between teenagers and violence perpetrated by teenagers plays in the plot and characterization of this novel, and describe the ways in which Walter Dean Myers explores this theme. Be sure to indicate what you think Myers is trying to communicate to the reader about teenage violence, using specific textual examples.

Essay Topic 2

Life in prison is a big adjustment for Steve, and has a major impact on the way he feels about himself. Describe the details of prison life that most affect Steve, including specific examples from the text. You should include information and analysis on how prison changes Steve and/or does not change him.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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