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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. Why does Steve think Petrocelli is using Bolden's testimony?
2. What is Steve's last name?
3. What does the woman prosecutor call Steve?
4. The prologue of Monster is written in what style?
5. Steve says his movie will be not a story of his life, but a story of what?
Short Essay Questions
1. What kind of knife does one prisoner have? Describe it.
2. 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?
3. What are the reasons, according to O'Brien, that Steve should take this trial "very, very seriously"?
4. Why does O'Brien say things are looking bad for Steve's case after Osvaldo's testimony?
5. When does Steve say he feels most involved with his case?
6. How does Detective Karyl describe the crime scene at the pharmacy?
7. When Steve gets dressed for court on Thursday, July 9 and thinks of his mother, what is she doing?
8. What does Steve say happens if anyone knows you are crying in prison?
9. What is so shocking about Steve's father crying?
10. What does Steve say in his journal for Tuesday, July 7, that all the other prisoners are always talking about?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
This novel features a family where there are two parents, yet somehow Steve still managed to get into trouble. Analyze the roles Steve's parents play in his life, including before, during, and after prison. What characterizes his relationship with his parents? What responsibility do they have for him getting in trouble (if any) and what are the ways in which they tried to help him out of trouble?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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