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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 is Jerry not in the visitor's room?
2. How does O'Brien act when Steve asks her what she is doing over the weekend of Saturday, July 11?
3. What item or items are found on the floor around Mr. Nesbitt's body?
4. What is the mood of Steve's parents when they come to visit him on Sunday, July 12th?
5. Why does Moore say she was not working the day Bobo came to see her?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why was Lorelle Henry in the pharmacy?
2. What is the visitors' room like?
3. What is Briggs' objection to what Bobo is wearing when he testifies?
4. When Briggs questions Henry about identifying King, what does she admit about the photographs the police showed her?
5. What do the prisoners eat for breakfast on Sunday, July 12?
6. How does the medical examiner say Mr. Nesbitt died?
7. How is the visual image of the courtroom just before Steve's verdict is read represented?
8. What does O'Brien say she is going to do on the weekend of the 11th?
9. When O'Brien comes to see Steve on July 14 after Bobo's testimony, what does she say she has to now do in court to save Steve?
10. On Sunday the 12th, how does Steve see his brother Jerry?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
One interpretation of Steve's actions may lay the blame for his involvement with Mr. Nesbitt's murder on peer pressure and his desire to belong. Write an analytical essay defining peer pressure and Steve's desire to fit in, explaining the circumstances under which he allowed himself to be influenced, and the (bad) choices he made. You may, if you like, include whether or not you think that Steve's friends are more responsible for his actions that he himself is.
Essay Topic 2
Some critics might read this novel as a coming of age story, in which Steve's maturation from young man or boy to mature man is one of the themes. In an analytical essay, describe the process of Steve's maturation and development, using specific examples from the book.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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