Monster Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Steve's last name?

2. In Steve's notes for Tuesday, July 7th, he notes that one prisoner has a knife. What is this knife actually made of?

3. What is Steve doing in the screenplay when he overhears two women with accents from the neighborhood?

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

5. According to Osvaldo's testimony, why did he participate in the robbery?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the newscaster in Steve's "notes" section of the screenplay asks a passerby if he is shocked by the crime, what is the man's response?

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

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

4. What does Steve say happens if anyone knows you are crying in prison?

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

6. How can Steve's lawyer be described?

7. What is Steve doing when the police come to arrest him and take him away from home?

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

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

A major theme of this book is identity, particularly how Steve's identity is constructed or maintained. Write an analytical essay considering the ways in which Walter Dean Myers makes identity a theme. What are the symbolic or linguistic strategies Myers has employed to communicate and investigate Steve's identity? Be sure to offer a descriptive analysis of Steve's identity and identity crisis, using specific examples.

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