Monster Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What item or items are found on the floor around Mr. Nesbitt's body?

2. Who is the first person to tell Steve and King that they have a verdict?

3. What does O'Brien say she has to find a way to do in the eyes of the jury, now that Bobo has testified?

4. What is the mood of Steve's parents when they come to visit him on Sunday, July 12th?

5. How many guys go to the church service on Sunday, July 12th?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

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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