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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. The opening credits of the movie in Chapter 1 are designed to look like the opening credits of what famous film?

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

3. Why is Steve having stomach problems on Wednesday, July 8?

4. Who says that 'restaurants, liquor stores, and drugstores are the only things left in the neighborhood'?

5. What color suit is Steve wearing when Osvaldo identifies him in court?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrative style of this novel is rather unique. Write an analytical essay that describes and analyzes the particular method Walter Dean Myers uses in Steve's journal entries to establish and communicate this point-of-view. In addition, what are the narrative benefits of such a point-of-view? How do these journal entries most effectively tell those parts of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Walter Dean Myers uses film and a screenplay format not only as a narrative mode, but also as a metaphor and symbol in Steve's life. In an analytical essay explaining how film works literally as well as symbolically in this novel, describe the ways in which "film" plays an important role in Steve's life. What are some of the things that characterize the role film plays?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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