The Cross and the Switchblade Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

David Wilkerson
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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 Dave eventually receive when back at home?

2. What does Dave tell the teenagers at Grand Gangsters Incorporated?

3. How do the gang members feel about attending the rally?

4. What does Dave decide is the reason teenagers join gangs?

5. How do the gangs feel about Dave's trouble with the police?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Dave feel on his journey to New York and what did he fear? Was his fear appropriate?

2. What did Dave do with what his mother said and how did some of the people in his home town react to him? How did his mother's words help him?

3. What does Dave think would give the gang members the best chance at change? What does he think the gang members need to do? Do you agree with his thoughts?

4. What event with Dave's life is scheduled to occur at the same time as the rally? How does she feel about Dave being in New York?

5. How does Dave feel about his first two conversions and what does his wife say? What do you think she meant by her statement to him?

6. What does the author describe at the beginning of the book and what does he feel he should do? Do you think he seemed ignorant about the circumstances?

7. How did many of the girls of the gang members feel about Dave converting them and what did they do about it? Why do you think the girls reacted this way?

8. What did Dave's grandfather say about Dave's mission and what do you think his grandfather meant?

9. What does Dave's grandfather tell him about a snake? Explain how this story could be symbolic.

10. What did Dave decide he needed to do when he arrived in New York? Does this appear to be a wise decision?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter 7, Wilkerson doubts the sincerity of the religious conversion of two of a gang's members. Discuss one of the following:

1. Why do you think Wilkerson doubts these conversions? Is he vindicated in his doubts? Or do they turn out to be sincere? How can one know if a conversion is sincere?

2. There is a concept in our culture called "jailhouse conversions;" in other words, men/women who are incarcerated or face incarceration finding religion and suddenly changing. There have been numerous high-profile examples of this situation. Research and discuss one of them. (Two to consider: Look up Karla Faye Tucker in Texas or Colson of the Watergate group.)

3. What is the process of conversion to Christianity? To some other religion or cause? Why do you think people "convert"? Discuss thoroughly.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Compare/contrast Little Jo-Jo with Angelo.

2. Complete character analyses on George, Pedro, and Lucky.

3. Compare/contrast "Grandpap" (Wilkerson's grandfather) to the author, David Wilkerson.

Essay Topic 3

When Wilkerson is planning a mass rally to evangelize gangs, he learns gang members were reluctant to attend and was surprised to discover that they all somehow discovered that becoming engaged with the Holy Spirit would make them cry and the gang members were afraid of appearing vulnerable. Discuss the following:

1. What would it be hard for a gang member to seem vulnerable?

2. Do you think the female gang members were as reluctant to appear in public crying as the male gang members? Why or why not.

3. Why do you think people cry after a conversion experience? Do you think it happens when people convert to other religions?

4. What do you think crying does for someone who has just become a Christian?

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