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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 Richard Evans' nickname in this book?

2. What color suit is Steve wearing when Osvaldo identifies him in court?

3. Which two items are taken away from prisoners, according to Steve?

4. Why is Steve having stomach problems on Wednesday, July 8?

5. Who is comforting whom at the end of the scene between Steve and his father?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is James King's verdict and sentence?

3. What does Star Wars have to do with the way Steve designs the beginning of his film?

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

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

6. Why does Johnny, the ringleader of the eventual crime, want to rob a pharmacy instead of a bank?

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

8. What does Henry mean in the pretrial questioning when she says she is having trouble testifying that King was involved in the crime?

9. 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?

10. How do readers know what Steve's verdict is, based on the screenplay?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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