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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. In the fall of 1994, why does one student say s/he does not belong in Gruwell's class?

2. What happens to the fathers of the diversity panelist and the student who are sent to internment camps?

3. Who is the teacher of the students at Wilson High School?

4. In what kind of neighborhood is Wilson High School located?

5. Who goes with Zlata to meet the students?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the students do when they play the peanut game?

2. Who is Gerda Seifer?

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

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

5. Why is Gruwell stereotyped by some of the other teachers?

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

7. Why does Zlata highly respect and admire Gruwell?

8. What does Zlata mean when she says we cannot erase evil from the world, but can change the way we deal with it?

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

10. Describe a tour through the Museum of Tolerance.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Zlata says during her visit that the Bosnian Children become "soldiers" and the soldiers became "children". What does Zlata mean by that statement? What happens to children during a war? How do soldiers behave when trying to achieve their goals? How are the roles reversed?

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

The motto of the American Jewish Committee that issues the Micah Award is "Whoever saves one life saves the world entire." What does that statement mean? How does that apply to Zlata? How does that statement apply to Anne Frank and those who helped her family? How does that statement apply to Gruwell and the Freedom Writers?

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