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

3. What feelings does Zlata have when asked to write the forward?

4. What is the perfect Cinderella story for one student?

5. Why does Gruwell almost take another job the fall of 1995?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Zlata highly respect and admire Gruwell?

2. What is tagging?

3. Why is the summer before the sophomore year the worst ever for one student?

4. Why is one student out of school for a week or two before beginning the sophomore year?

5. As described in Chapter 1, why does a student get a gun to protect him/herself?

6. What do the students do when they play the peanut game?

7. What does Zlata think about the situation in Kosovo?

8. Who is Gerda Seifer?

9. Why is Zlata Filipovic pleased and honored to write a foreword for "The Freedom Writers Diary"?

10. Why is the word 'murder' a shadow hovering over a student's life the fall of 1995?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Diary 69, a student compares his/her neighborhood to "The Brady Bunch". Write about what life is like for the Brady Bunch. Compare the lives portrayed on the television show to the life this student leads. How are the neighborhoods different? How are their lives different? Is there anything about their lives that is the same?

Essay Topic 2

Write why Gruwell decides that she is being hypocritical at the beginning of the sophomore year. What is hypocrisy? How is Gruwell being hypocritical? How is Gruwell using labels to describe people? What is the danger of stereotyping? How many of the teachers actually are out to get Gruwell? Who helps Gruwell understand her hypocrisy?

Essay Topic 3

When Zlata comes to visit and people ask her her nationality, she tells them "I'm a human being." Why is it strange that adults ask this question? What happens if instead of labeling people, people are treated as individuals? What does the writer of Diary 47 say about this incident? How is the world a better place if we are all treated just as human beings? What happens if there are no labels?

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