The Crossover Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Kwame Alexander
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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 the narrator of the poem "Josh Bell" refer to as his "claim to fame"?

2. What is the narrator's Number 2 reason listed in "Five Reasons I Have Locks"?

3. What is the name of the team that Josh and JB play basketball for?

4. What is the narrator's father's name?

5. Where does Josh envision JB when his team is meditating in "At Practice"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the rule stated in "Basketball Rule #5"? What is its significance?

2. What conflict is described in "On the Way to the Game"?

3. How is the "character" of Filthy McNasty described in the poem by the same name?

4. How did Josh Bell get his nickname? What is the significance of Josh's nickname?

5. How do JB and Josh respond to their father's collapse in "I"m on Free Throw Number Twenty-Seven"?

6. What does Crystal explain to Josh in "Mom Calls Me into the Kitchen"?

7. Why does Josh pretend to be JB on the phone when Alexis first calls? What do Josh and Alexis talk about?

8. Why does Josh suggest his father write a book in "Conversation"?

9. Why does Josh lie to his father in "35-18"?

10. How does Josh describe his brother in "Jordan Bell"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Several poems in The Crossover focus on a single word, such as "Irony." What is the significance of these poems? How do these poems explore language thematically? Why do you think the author employs this style?

Essay Topic 2

What health problem does Chuck suffer from? How is this condition highlighted in the narrative? What are the causes of Chuck's health condition? What is the outcome?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Josh's feelings about Alexis (Miss Sweet Tea) in the narrative. Why does Josh express jealousy over Alexis? What do you think Alexis represents symbolically in the story? Why?

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