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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 does Gruwell tell the student with a 0.5 GPA?

2. How difficult is it for a student at Wilson to buy a gun?

3. Why can't a student go to a movie with her best friend?

4. What happened to one student before emigrating to the United States from Peru?

5. How does Zlata respond when asked if she is Croatian, Muslim or Serbian?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Zlata think about the situation in Kosovo?

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

4. Describe a tour through the Museum of Tolerance.

5. Who is Gerda Seifer?

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

7. Why is Zlata Filipovic pleased and honored to write a foreword for "The Freedom Writers Diary"?

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

9. What happens to a Croatian boy named Tony?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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