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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 happens to a student when she runs away with her boyfriend?

2. What do some of the teachers call Gruwell?

3. How do Gruwell and the students raise money for food and medical supplies for Bosnian kids?

4. What does a student remember after reading about women being molested in Bosnia?

5. Why is Tommy's father surprised when Gruwell calls him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to a Croatian boy named Tony?

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

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

6. Describe a tour through the Museum of Tolerance.

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

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

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

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

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 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.

Essay Topic 3

In Diary 69, a student compares his/her neighborhood to "The Brady Bunch". Write about what life is like for the Brady Bunch. Compare the lives portrayed on the television show to the life this student leads. How are the neighborhoods different? How are their lives different? Is there anything about their lives that is the same?

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