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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 important lesson does one student learn during her freshman year?

2. What is another word for 'odd' according to one of the students?

3. What does Zlata hope the Freedom Writers Diary will do?

4. Why does the class split up their junior year?

5. Where is Zlata's homeland?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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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