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Freedom Writers
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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. How does Gruwell get money for new books, guest speakers, and field trips?

2. What book relates to the life of a student who lives in an interment camp?

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

4. How does Zlata respond when asked if she is Croatian, Muslim or Serbian?

5. Why is one student not able to play sports, climb gym ropes, swing, or do a pull-up?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what happens when a student is in a liquor store buying candy?

2. Why is Gruwell frustrated at the beginning of the semester in the spring of 1995?

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

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

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

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

7. In Diary Two, why does a student wonder why he is in Gruwell's English class?

8. What is tagging?

9. Why are some students not allowed to go to Medieval Times?

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 the foreword to the book, Zlata mentions that good comes out of something bad. Several students, also mention in their diary entries how something bad turns into something positive. Write about what Zlata means that good comes from bad. What examples does Zlata give that shows good comes from bad circumstances? What do students say about difficult circumstances providing positive results? Provide examples from the book when something seems negative, but leads to positive results.

Essay Topic 2

In Diary 74, a student's mother tells him/her that "One person can make a difference that can change the world." Why does the student find that statement unbelievable? What are some examples of people the student remembers making great changes? Does the student begin to believe that one person can make a difference that changes the world? Does the student believe that s/he can make that kind of difference or that his/her fellow students can make that type of a difference? Why or why not? Provide examples from the book.

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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