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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. The opening credits of the movie in Chapter 1 are designed to look like the opening credits of what famous film?

2. King says that all you need to get paid is a "crew with some heart" and what else?

3. Where does Kathy O'Brien tell Steve she was born?

4. Why does Steve start writing his own movie?

5. What action on Acie's part does Steve say really "got to me"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the visitors' room like?

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

6. How can Steve's lawyer be described?

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

8. What does Steve realize about why there are so many fights in prison after church on Sunday, July 12?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

While novels are written media, screenplays are the written version of a visual media, film. This book also contains several typographical elements as well as photographs and drawings to communicate visual information. Taking into account all of these formats, describe the fictional strategies Myers has employed to construct imagery and images in this book. How does he blend visual media with written media effectively?

Essay Topic 3

The time line and time frame of this novel are not chronological, but are told rather in flashbacks. Pick at least three specific examples of flashbacks in this book. With each example, describe and contextualize what came before it and what came after it. In addition, write analytical descriptions of the flashbacks. Be sure to include in your analysis why Myers chose to convey this specific information in flashback structure rather than in chronological order. What does the specific structure of each flashback add to the memory that Myers could not achieve with chronological order?

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