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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 old is Zlata when she speaks to the students?

2. Who are the "Dream Team Moms"?

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

4. When did Zlata begin writing her diary?

5. When Renee Firestone, a Holocaust survivor, asked a Gestapo agent if she could see her family again, what did she learn?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What parallel does Zlata see between herself and the Freedom Writers?

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

4. Who is Miep Gies?

5. What is tagging?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does it mean "World peace is only a dream because people won't allow themselves and others around them to simply be peanuts"? Explain the meaning of the phrase, and why a student compares people to peanuts. How do peanuts compare to people? What happens if people are allowed to be peanuts? What does people living in harmony have to do with the appearance of peanuts?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What comparisons can be made between Zlata and the Freedom Writers? How are Zlata and the Freedom Writers subjected to things that can make them victims? Why don't Zlata and the Freedom Writers become victims? How does writing help all of them? Provide examples from the foreword and the book.

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