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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. When Steve's parents come to visit on Sunday, July 12th, what do they bring news of?
2. How many guys does Steve have to mop the floor with?
3. What do the prisoners have for breakfast on Sunday, July 12th?
4. What is the woman holding in the image reproduced in the Sunday, July 12th section of this book?
5. How is Moore related to Bobo?
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
Life in prison is a big adjustment for Steve, and has a major impact on the way he feels about himself. Describe the details of prison life that most affect Steve, including specific examples from the text. You should include information and analysis on how prison changes Steve and/or does not change him.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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