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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 kind of sports game is on TV Sunday, July 12th, which Steve said does not "look real"?
2. What game do the guys in Steve's cell play on Saturday, July 11?
3. Which side of Mr. Nesbitt's body do the bullets enter?
4. When Bobo comes into the courtroom to testify and the lawyers are discussing him with the judge, what does the judge say he looks like?
5. What is left in the cash register, according to Detective Williams?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who owns thel gun used in the crime, and is it a legal gun?
2. Why did King visit Ms. Moore on the day of the crime?
3. How do Steve's parents act when they come to visit on Sunday the 12th?
4. Why is Ms. Moore not at work the day King came to see her?
5. How is the visual image of the courtroom just before Steve's verdict is read represented?
6. What does Henry mean in the pretrial questioning when she says she is having trouble testifying that King was involved in the crime?
7. 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?
8. What do the prisoners eat for breakfast on Sunday, July 12?
9. What is the visitors' room like?
10. What is Briggs' objection to what Bobo is wearing when he testifies?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
This story relies not only on journal entries, but also on scenes from a screenplay to establish plot, setting, characterization, action, and other fictional elements. Write an analytical essay explaining how Walter Dean Myers establishes Steve's point-of-view in these screenplay scenes. In addition, be sure to include detailed analyses of how this specific point-of-view effectively communicates fictional elements including, but not limited to plot, setting, or characterization.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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