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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. When we first see Steve in the screenplay description in the first chapter, what is lying on his cot next to him?

2. What type of criminal charges against Wendell Bolton are dropped?

3. What is the name of the prisoner who wants to read Steve's screenplay?

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

5. In the prologue, Steve says if anyone is prison knows you are crying, what will happen?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does O'Brien say things are looking bad for Steve's case after Osvaldo's testimony?

3. In his journal notes for Tuesday, July 7, why does Steve say he needs to keep thinking of the movie?

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

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

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

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

8. When Steve decides to write a movie, what does he say it will be a story of?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Steve and King are very different people on trial for the same crime. Write an essay comparing and contrasting these two characters. Be sure to include both examples and details of what they look like, who they are, how they behave, etc., as well as an analysis of the strategies Walter Dean Myers employed to achieve these two different characters.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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