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Freedom Writers
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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

2. In the fall of 1995, where is home for a student and his mother who are evicted from their apartment?

3. What incident made Schindler try to save every Jew he could?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What circumstances lead to a student being offered a job from John Tu?

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

3. Why are little kids bad in the projects?

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

5. Why did a student charge a Coke machine when s/he was young?

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

7. 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"?

8. Who is Peter Maass?

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

10. Who is a prisoner who writes the Freedom Writers from West Virginia?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

During the spring semester of 1996, Tommy makes a statement: "They say America is the 'Land of the Free and home of the Brave,' but what's so free about a land where people get killed?" What does Tommy mean by this statement? What examples does he give to demonstrate what he means by this statement? Why does Tommy make this statement? What is he comparing when he makes this statement?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

During the spring semester of 1996, Gruwell asks, "If you could live an eternity and not change a thing or exist for the blink of an eye and alter everything, what do you choose?" How does Gruwell relate this statement to the students' lives? What does she tell the students they can do? How are the students to seize the moment? Which is better, to live forever and leave the world the same or live for a moment and change everything?

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