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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. How old is Zlata when she speaks to the students?

2. In the spring of 1995, who offers to help take the students on a field trip?

3. What amazes a student about the bathrooms at the Century City Marriott?

4. What are the only kind of heroes one 15-year-old is familiar with before reading about Anne Frank?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is the word 'murder' a shadow hovering over a student's life the fall of 1995?

2. In Diary Two, why does a student wonder why he is in Gruwell's English class?

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

4. Why is Gruwell stereotyped by some of the other teachers?

5. In Diary 46, why does a student's father dislike her best friend?

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

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

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

9. Who is Gerda Seifer?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During the spring semester of 1996, Tommy makes a statement: "They say America is the 'Land of the Free and home of the Brave,' but what's so free about a land where people get killed?" What does Tommy mean by this statement? What examples does he give to demonstrate what he means by this statement? Why does Tommy make this statement? What is he comparing when he makes this statement?

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

Write why Gruwell decides that she is being hypocritical at the beginning of the sophomore year. What is hypocrisy? How is Gruwell being hypocritical? How is Gruwell using labels to describe people? What is the danger of stereotyping? How many of the teachers actually are out to get Gruwell? Who helps Gruwell understand her hypocrisy?

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