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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. Why is the student in Diary Three at Wilson?

2. Where is Zlata's homeland?

3. What is so special about the buses students rode in with Zlata and Mirna?

4. What are the students inspired to do after reading the diaries?

5. After reading Zlata's Diary, what does the class want to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does a student decide 'odd' is not a three-letter word, but a seven-letter word?

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

4. Why does a student transfer from the Distinguished Scholars program to Gruwell's class?

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

6. Why is Gruwell stereotyped by some of the other teachers?

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

8. Why did Zlata begin writing a diary and how did her diary evolve?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

A theme in the book is the parallel between warfare as experienced by Anne Frank and Zlata Filipovic and the violence the students see in their everyday lives. How can the events in Anne's and Zlata's lives be compared to the student's lives? What kind of violence did Frank and Filipovic experience? What type of violence do the students experience? How is the violence that Anne and Zlata experienced similar or dissimilar to what the students face?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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