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. Where does Josh describe going on his way home after practice in "Second-Person"?

2. Who are the narrator's favorite rappers who have dreadlocks in "Five Reasons I Have Locks"?

3. Where does the narrator say JB wants to attend college in "JB and I"?

4. How many sisters does the girl say she has in "Phone Conversation (I Sub for JB)"?

5. Whom does Josh say JB is too shy to talk to in "Ironic"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Josh Bell and what role does he play in "The Crossover"?

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

3. Why does Crystal Bell make her husband sit in the top row of the bleachers during basketball games?

4. What is the meaning of the title to the poem "Second-Person"?

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

6. How does Josh define "irony" in "Ironic"? How does he apply irony to his life?

7. How does Josh describe JB's behavior in the first poem titled "Conversation" from "Second Quarter"?

8. What does Coach Hawkins have his team do in "At Practice"? Why?

9. What literary device stand out the most in the poem "Showoff"? What are examples?

10. What are the five resons that Josh describes for having dreadlocks in "Five Reasons I Have Locks"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the genre of The Crossover. Why do you think the author has chosen to relate this story in the form of a verse novel? How would the novel differ if related in prose? What are the benefits of this style?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the significance of Chuck's championship ring. What does the ring symbolize? What becomes of the ring? Why is this significant?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the character of Chuck Bell in the novel. How does Chuck feel about his sons? What career did Chuck have? Why did he leave this career? What leads up to Chuck's death?

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