Monster Test | 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 Steve doing in the screenplay when he overhears two women with accents from the neighborhood?

2. Why does Steve think Petrocelli is using Bolden's testimony?

3. In the screenplay description of the inmates "yelling from cell to cell," what does the screenplay say about how most of the voices clearly sound?

4. According to Osvaldo, how old is he?

5. Why does Johnny think that "bank money is too serious?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. Why do the charges against Wendell Bolden get dropped?

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

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

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

8. Why is Steve's stomach upset on Wednesday, July 8?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

This book is courtroom drama. Pick one of the legal arguments made by either Petrocelli or O'Brien in their closing arguments. Write a detailed essay explaining the legal reasoning at work in their arguments and the evidence each lawyer has presented to prove her case. Be sure to use specific details from the case and the closing arguments in your answer.

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