Scorpions Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where does Dwayne challenge Jamal to a fight on the day he brings the gun to school?

2. Why does it bother Jamal so much when his father acts like a dad?

3. Who does Jamal think about working for after talking wih Mack?

4. Why does Jamal take cold showers?

5. What subject in school is the hardest for Jamal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mama ask Jamal when she gets home at the beginning of the book?

2. Why is Jamal sent to the principal after his meeting with Mack?

3. What does Jamal do after school the day after his meeting with Mack?

4. How does Jamal feel when he gets home after his meeting with the Scorpions?

5. What does Jamal want for Christmas?

6. What does Jamal think about as he goes home after talking to Mack?

7. Why does Jamal not want to be like his brother?

8. What kind of things does Jevon belittle Jamal about?

9. How much money does Mama need to raise at the beginning of the book, and what is it for?

10. What kind of climate does Tito want to live in and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The gun was a major symbol in this book. Where did the gun come from, and how did it change Jamal's actions and thoughts?

Essay Topic 2

Despair was a theme that was placed in a number of sensitive places in this plot. What are some of these places, and what role did despair play in this book?

Essay Topic 3

Personal identity was one of the main themes in this book. Where did this theme appear, and how did its inclusion in the novel shape the course of the plot?

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