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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. After reading Romeo and Juliet, why does a student realize she is not as in love with her boyfriend as she thinks she is?

2. How old is Zlata when she speaks to the students?

3. What is Sharaud's goal when he arrives in Gruwell's class?

4. How do Gruwell and the students raise money for food and medical supplies for Bosnian kids?

5. What makes Tommy Jefferson, a football player, cry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to a Croatian boy named Tony?

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

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

4. When they are in Washington, D.C., what do some students do when they see swastikas?

5. What is tagging?

6. Why are little kids bad in the projects?

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

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

9. In Diary 103, how many girls does the student know that go to college?

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

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?

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 fall semester of the sophomore year, a student struggles with the decision of whether to protect a "homie" and lie in court or to tell the truth. Before the student went to courtroom, what does s/he plan to say? What changes the student's mind? What conversation with his/her mother may be a factor in the student's decision? What circumstances in the student's own life may influence the student's decision? What does the student finally decide to do? Why?

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