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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 one student realize after playing the Peanut Game?

2. Why does Gruwell almost take another job the fall of 1995?

3. What does Zlata say about Erin Gruwell?

4. To what does Gruwell compare the Capulets and Montagues in Romeo and Juliet?

5. In Diary One, how long does the student give Gruwell before she quits?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Who is Gerda Seifer?

4. Why does a student transfer from the Distinguished Scholars program to Gruwell's class?

5. Why does Renee Firestone's story affect one student?

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

10. What is tagging?

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

Violence is an everyday occurrence for the Freedom Writers in their homes and neighborhoods. Write about the violence they see everyday. How does this violence affect the students? How does this violence affect their families or friends? How does writing the diaries help the students learn to deal with the violence in their lives? Does Gruwell help the students to break this cycle of violence?

Essay Topic 3

In Diary 119, a student asks journalist Peter Maass how he can "simply sit and watch people die." Write about Mr. Maass's answer. Do you agree with his answer? Why or why not?

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