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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. Why is one student not able to play sports, climb gym ropes, swing, or do a pull-up?

2. What are two books about teens in crisis that are read the fall of 1995?

3. After reading Zlata's Diary, what does the class want to do?

4. According to Zlata, what good came from Anne Frank's tragedy?

5. What event does Gruwell say puts some teachers at Wilson High over the edge?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What journey begins for Gruwell as the book opens?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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