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

2. In the fall of 1995, where is home for a student and his mother who are evicted from their apartment?

3. What incident made Schindler try to save every Jew he could?

4. What feelings does Zlata have when asked to write the forward?

5. What good came out of Zlata's bad situation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What circumstances lead to a student being offered a job from John Tu?

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

3. Why are little kids bad in the projects?

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

5. Why did a student charge a Coke machine when s/he was young?

6. Why does the character Celie in "The Color Purple" remind a student about her Uncle Joe?

7. Why does a student refer to choices s/he is making as if the student is a traveler in Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken"?

8. Who is Peter Maass?

9. Why does one student decide she is not as in love with her boyfriend as she thought she was?

10. Who is a prisoner who writes the Freedom Writers from West Virginia?

Essay 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

A mother tells her child in Diary 99 that "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!" A person the student looks up to says "Adversity makes warriors of us all." What do each of these statements mean? How can a person become stronger through difficulties? How can adversity make a person a warrior? How does the student feel about these statements at first? What person inspires the student? How does this person help the student to realize the possibilities that life holds?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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