The Freedom Writers Diary Test | Final Test - Hard

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. Who are Jopie and Lies?

2. During the diversity seminar, what does a student remember about how his/her brother died during his/her sophomore year?

3. What is a student referring to when she says she is a loving girl, but there is pain in her heart?

4. How does one student describe Ritalin?

5. Why is a student asking the question, "To sign or not to sign"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does a student feel that "National Spokesperson for the Plight of Black People" is stamped on her forehead?

2. Why did a student charge a Coke machine when s/he was young?

3. Why does a student have trouble editing a story about an abortion?

4. Why does a student have to clean his/her mother's blood off the wall?

5. Who is Peter Maass?

6. Why does the Guess? Company wish to help the students get to New York City to accept an award?

7. Why is it so unusual that the Freedom Writers win the Spirit of Anne Frank Award?

8. What tragic event makes the Freedom Writers realize how fortunate they are?

9. When they are in Washington, D.C., what do some students do when they see swastikas?

10. What do the Freedom Writers want readers of their book to do?

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

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.

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