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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. Who goes with Zlata to meet the students?

2. Where is Zlata's homeland?

3. Why are some students not allowed to go to the Medieval Times Restaurant?

4. According to Zlata, what is important about what happens to people?

5. What are two books about teens in crisis that are read the fall of 1995?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Renee Firestone's story affect one student?

2. Why does Zlata highly respect and admire Gruwell?

3. Why does the character Celie in "The Color Purple" remind a student about her Uncle Joe?

4. Why is a student excited to meet a Japanese man who was in an internment camp during World War I?

5. Who is a prisoner who writes the Freedom Writers from West Virginia?

6. Who is Gerda Seifer?

7. Why does a student mention that her/his mother said that "Silence gets you nowhere in life"?

8. Why is it so unusual that the Freedom Writers win the Spirit of Anne Frank Award?

9. What does Zlata mean when she says we cannot erase evil from the world, but can change the way we deal with it?

10. Describe a tour through the Museum of Tolerance.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The students study Ralph Waldo Emerson when learning about self-reliance. What does this quote by Emerson mean: "Who so should be a man, must be a nonconformist"? How does the quote relate to self-reliance? From their diary entries, list examples of how the students are becoming more self-reliant. How is Gruwell helping the students become more self-reliant? How are the circumstances in their daily lives making the students more self-reliant?

Essay Topic 2

The motto of the American Jewish Committee that issues the Micah Award is "Whoever saves one life saves the world entire." What does that statement mean? How does that apply to Zlata? How does that statement apply to Anne Frank and those who helped her family? How does that statement apply to Gruwell and the Freedom Writers?

Essay Topic 3

Violence is an everyday occurrence for the Freedom Writers in their homes and neighborhoods. Write about the violence they see everyday. How does this violence affect the students? How does this violence affect their families or friends? How does writing the diaries help the students learn to deal with the violence in their lives? Does Gruwell help the students to break this cycle of violence?

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