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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. To what does Gruwell compare the Capulets and Montagues in Romeo and Juliet?

2. What good came out of Zlata's bad situation?

3. In the fall of 1994, why does one student say s/he does not belong in Gruwell's class?

4. What are two books mentioned in the forward that the students read in class?

5. Why is Tommy's father surprised when Gruwell calls him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Diary 46, why does a student's father dislike her best friend?

3. Why is it difficult for Gruwell to get permission to teach the students their senior year?

4. Why does one student decide she is not as in love with her boyfriend as she thought she was?

5. Why does a student feel that "National Spokesperson for the Plight of Black People" is stamped on her forehead?

6. What journey begins for Gruwell as the book opens?

7. What is tagging?

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

9. Why does a student refer to choices s/he is making as if the student is a traveler in Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

What does it mean "World peace is only a dream because people won't allow themselves and others around them to simply be peanuts"? Explain the meaning of the phrase, and why a student compares people to peanuts. How do peanuts compare to people? What happens if people are allowed to be peanuts? What does people living in harmony have to do with the appearance of peanuts?

Essay Topic 3

In Diary 107, a student compares the students at an elementary school to lotus flowers. Why does the student compare these children to lotus flowers? In what type of environment do lotus flowers grow? How is the environment of a lotus plant similar to the environment the children from the elementary school live in?

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