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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 game does Josh's team win in "This Week, I"?
2. How is JB described in "After"?
3. What is Josh's father's nickname?
4. What does Josh compare Vondie's girlfriend's butt to in "Even Vondie"?
5. What does Josh's father say when he awakens in "On Christmas Eve"?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are some of the questions that appear in the poem "Questions" in "Fourth Quarter"?
2. What does Josh ask his father in "Okay, Dad'? What ultimatum does he make?
3. Why does Josh say JB hates basketball in "Myocardial Infarction"?
4. What thoughts and emotions does Josh express in "Dear Jordan"?
5. What is revealed by the phone call in "As We’re About to Leave for the Final Game"? How does the Bell family respond?
6. How would you describe Josh's attitude at the hospital in "The Doctor Pats Jordan and Me on the Back And Says"?
7. How does the advice in "Basketball Rule #9" apply to life?
8. How is "Churlish" defined in the poem with the same name? How does Josh apply this term to his life?
9. How is the word "profusely" explored in the poem that has the same name?
10. Why does Josh point out the irony of the doctor's name in "The Next Morning"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What are some examples of literary or pop cultural allusions in The Crossover? What purpose does each example serve? How to the literary allusions in the novel connect to the characters or themes in The Crossover?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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