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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. Where does Kathy O'Brien tell Steve she was born?
2. What is the name of the prisoner who starts a fight with the preacher visiting the jail?
3. What is Steve worried that his father sees when he looks down at him?
4. Why does Steve start writing his own movie?
5. Which prisoner is sitting on the toilet in the first chapter?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Eddie, and what is he accused of?
2. How do readers know what Steve's verdict is, based on the screenplay?
3. What is Briggs' objection to what Bobo is wearing when he testifies?
4. What is Sunset's verdict and sentence?
5. How does Detective Karyl describe the crime scene at the pharmacy?
6. What does Henry mean in the pretrial questioning when she says she is having trouble testifying that King was involved in the crime?
7. When O'Brien comes to see Steve on July 14 after Bobo's testimony, what does she say she has to now do in court to save Steve?
8. Why is Ms. Moore not at work the day King came to see her?
9. What does Steve's mother think about the films he is making?
10. What happens when Steve is made to mop the floor?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Write a detailed essay explaining the long-term effects Steve's experience in prison will have on him, based on the end of the the novel. Be sure to include not only how Steve has changed--and how these changes will affect him--but also how his experience has changed his relationships with his family or friends. You must include examples from at least two of his relationships with other people.
Essay Topic 3
In a persuasive and analytical essay, describe the format of this novel. First, describe the various format(s) Myers uses in this novel. Second, decide whether or not you think one kind of format used in this novel is more effective than the other in communicating the major fictional elements: setting, characterization, imagery, symbolism, plot, action, etc. Be sure to write an essay with a strong argument about the effectiveness of the various format(s) you have described in the first part of the question.
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