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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 incident made Schindler try to save every Jew he could?

2. What does one student compare in his/her life to the Peanut Game?

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

4. Since war also came to Kosovo, what did almost all young Yugoslavians know?

5. What do some of the teachers call Gruwell?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does one student feel like Cinderella after a dinner at the Century City Marriott?

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

3. Describe a tour through the Museum of Tolerance.

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

5. Who is Miep Gies?

6. What is tagging?

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

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

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

10. Why is the summer before the sophomore year the worst ever for one student?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

A theme in the book is the parallel between warfare as experienced by Anne Frank and Zlata Filipovic and the violence the students see in their everyday lives. How can the events in Anne's and Zlata's lives be compared to the student's lives? What kind of violence did Frank and Filipovic experience? What type of violence do the students experience? How is the violence that Anne and Zlata experienced similar or dissimilar to what the students face?

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