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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 crime is prisoner Acie accused of?

2. In which jail does Steve find himself in?

3. The stage directions refer to Wendell Bolden's hands as what?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the first journal entry, why does Steve say he does not recognize himself?

3. What does Mr. Nesbitt look like in the pictures the prosecution passes around to the jury?

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

5. When does Steve say he feels most involved with his case?

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

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

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

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

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

Steve and King are very different people on trial for the same crime. Write an essay comparing and contrasting these two characters. Be sure to include both examples and details of what they look like, who they are, how they behave, etc., as well as an analysis of the strategies Walter Dean Myers employed to achieve these two different characters.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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