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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. What does Steve's mother do when the verdict is read?
2. How many guys does Steve have to mop the floor with?
3. How is Moore related to Bobo?
4. In the screenplay scene Steve writes just after his mother leaves, what does King say he "just needs" in order to commit the robbery?
5. What is King's verdict?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. On Sunday the 12th, how does Steve see his brother Jerry?
3. What has O'Brien asked Steve to do when his response is to write down Mr. Sawicki's name twice?
4. What does O'Brien say about Petrocelli's bringing the crime scene photos out again just before the long weekend recess?
5. How does the medical examiner say Mr. Nesbitt died?
6. How do readers know what Steve's verdict is, based on the screenplay?
7. What is the visitors' room like?
8. Why did King visit Ms. Moore on the day of the crime?
9. What is Sunset's verdict and sentence?
10. 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?
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
One major theme of this novel is teenage violence. Explain the role violence between teenagers and violence perpetrated by teenagers plays in the plot and characterization of this novel, and describe the ways in which Walter Dean Myers explores this theme. Be sure to indicate what you think Myers is trying to communicate to the reader about teenage violence, using specific textual examples.
Essay Topic 3
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.
This section contains 907 words
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