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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. In which prison or jail is Bobo serving time?
2. How many guys go to the church service on Sunday, July 12th?
3. How does O'Brien act when Steve asks her what she is doing over the weekend of Saturday, July 11?
4. When Steve's parents come to visit on Sunday, July 12th, what do they bring news of?
5. Where does Steve see Jerry on Sunday, July 12?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the type of music Steve writes in his journal on July 17th that he is going to put on the soundtrack of his film.
2. How do readers know what Steve's verdict is, based on the screenplay?
3. What has O'Brien asked Steve to do when his response is to write down Mr. Sawicki's name twice?
4. What is Sunset's verdict and sentence?
5. 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?
6. Why was Lorelle Henry in the pharmacy?
7. 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?
8. How is the visual image of the courtroom just before Steve's verdict is read represented?
9. Who owns thel gun used in the crime, and is it a legal gun?
10. What does O'Brien say about Petrocelli's bringing the crime scene photos out again just before the long weekend recess?
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
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
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.
This section contains 901 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)