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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. How many guys does Steve have to mop the floor with?
2. What do the prisoners have for breakfast on Sunday, July 12th?
3. What, according to Bobo, is a "chrome"?
4. Which side of Mr. Nesbitt's body do the bullets enter?
5. When Steve's parents come to visit on Sunday, July 12th, what do they bring news of?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do Steve's parents act when they come to visit on Sunday the 12th?
2. What is Briggs' objection to what Bobo is wearing when he testifies?
3. Once each lawyer has rested her case, Steve writes in his journal on Friday, July 17 that it's understandable why other prisoners are obsessed with appeals. What does he realize about their obsession?
4. What does Henry mean in the pretrial questioning when she says she is having trouble testifying that King was involved in the crime?
5. What is Sunset's verdict and sentence?
6. How is the visual image of the courtroom just before Steve's verdict is read represented?
7. What happens when Steve is made to mop the floor?
8. Why is Ms. Moore not at work the day King came to see her?
9. Why was Lorelle Henry in the pharmacy?
10. How do readers know what Steve's verdict is, based on the screenplay?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The fact that Steve is African American plays an important role in the way his court case seems to go, as well as in the way he feels about himself. Describe and analyze the role that race plays in this narrative. You may want to include examples from other characters, white and black, to make your case.
Essay Topic 3
Much of the complexity of this novel rests on the difference between moral innocence and legal innocence. In an analytical essay, define each of these terms and describe the difference between them. Be sure to consider whether or not Steve is morally innocent of his crimes, despite the fact that his legal innocence was established.
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