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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 do some of the teachers call Gruwell?

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

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

4. In her thank you letter, what does Zlata tell the students not to forget?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What journey begins for Gruwell as the book opens?

2. What happens to a Croatian boy named Tony?

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

4. Because of the Read-a-Thon for Tolerance, why is Zlata invited to speak to the class?

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

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

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

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

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

10. Who is Miep Gies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The fall semester of 1996, a student says that America is at war. Is America at war? Why or why not? What examples are provided in the book? Why do students at Wilson High School say that America is at war? Who are the combatants if America is at war?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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