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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 Briggs think it is strange that Evans would have told Wendell Bolton about the stolen goods?

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

3. What stolen goods does Wendell Bolton buy?

4. Where does "Woman 1" say she thinks the "old man who owned the place" is from?

5. When Steve decides to write a movie, where does he say he learned to block out scenes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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 James King look like on the first day of the trial?

9. What does Steve say in his journal for Tuesday, July 7, that all the other prisoners are always talking about?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Using specific textual examples, describe and contextualize the way Walter Dean Myers uses the word "monster" in this book. Be sure to consider how the author means it literally as well as metaphorically or symbolically, and be sure to discuss to which character(s) this word applies.

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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