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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. Steve's father tells Steve that although he had never made the team for this sport, he hopes Steve will. What sport is he talking about?

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

3. Where does the exterior shot take place in the screenplay following the note of Tuesday, July 7?

4. Who is the author of this book?

5. In the credits in Chapter 1, Richard Evans is credited as what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Detective Karyl describe the crime scene at the pharmacy?

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

4. When Steve decides to write a movie, what does he say it will be a story of?

5. 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?

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

7. Why does the first shot of the movie (Monday, July 6) feature Steve lying with the blanket over his head?

8. Why do prison officials take away prisoners' shoelaces and your belt?

9. What does Wendell Bolden look and act like?

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

This story relies not only on journal entries, but also on scenes from a screenplay to establish plot, setting, characterization, action, and other fictional elements. Write an analytical essay explaining how Walter Dean Myers establishes Steve's point-of-view in these screenplay scenes. In addition, be sure to include detailed analyses of how this specific point-of-view effectively communicates fictional elements including, but not limited to plot, setting, or characterization.

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

One of the most significant players in Steve's life is Kathy O'Brien. Write a character analysis of Kathy O'Brien, explaining who she is, how she behaves, and what her role in this novel is. Be sure to offer specific textual passages showing how this character is developed throughout the novel. You may want to include whether or not Kathy O'Brien's character undergoes any changes, and if so, detail them.

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