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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. What secret is "Little Miss Goodie Goodie" hiding?

2. Who goes with Zlata to meet the students?

3. The beginning of the sophomore year, what does a transfer student wish Gruwell is like?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Zlata highly respect and admire Gruwell?

3. Why does one student feel like Cinderella after a dinner at the Century City Marriott?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.

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