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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 does a student's mother do about a teacher who doesn't read black literature?
2. Why do the students have a particular place they want to visit after walking down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial?
3. Why does a student call her mother's boyfriend a tornado?
4. What does Gruwell tell Zlata on the phone spring of 1996?
5. After Christmas 1997, what do the students have to do to accept an award?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is it so unusual that the Freedom Writers win the Spirit of Anne Frank Award?
2. Why does a student mention that her/his mother said that "Silence gets you nowhere in life"?
3. Why is it difficult for Gruwell to get permission to teach the students their senior year?
4. What tragic event makes the Freedom Writers realize how fortunate they are?
5. Why does a student write that she is a loving girl and mention that she cries when she read "The Color Purple"?
6. Why are little kids bad in the projects?
7. What do the Freedom Writers want readers of their book to do?
8. After the students walk down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, what does someone suggest?
9. Why does a student feel that "National Spokesperson for the Plight of Black People" is stamped on her forehead?
10. Why does the Guess? Company wish to help the students get to New York City to accept an award?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
During the spring semester of 1996, Gruwell asks, "If you could live an eternity and not change a thing or exist for the blink of an eye and alter everything, what do you choose?" How does Gruwell relate this statement to the students' lives? What does she tell the students they can do? How are the students to seize the moment? Which is better, to live forever and leave the world the same or live for a moment and change everything?
Essay Topic 2
In the foreword to the book, Zlata mentions that good comes out of something bad. Several students, also mention in their diary entries how something bad turns into something positive. Write about what Zlata means that good comes from bad. What examples does Zlata give that shows good comes from bad circumstances? What do students say about difficult circumstances providing positive results? Provide examples from the book when something seems negative, but leads to positive results.
Essay Topic 3
Violence is an everyday occurrence for the Freedom Writers in their homes and neighborhoods. Write about the violence they see everyday. How does this violence affect the students? How does this violence affect their families or friends? How does writing the diaries help the students learn to deal with the violence in their lives? Does Gruwell help the students to break this cycle of violence?
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