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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 wrote, "Who so should be a man, must be a nonconformist"?
2. What does a student say after not taking the opportunity to sing to Jopie and Lies?
3. Why is the Guess? Company sponsoring a trip for some of the Freedom Writers?
4. Why does a student say John Tu gives instead of handouts?
5. Who does a student compare him/herself to when the student says "I've probably witnessed more dead bodies than a ______________."
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does a student mention that her/his mother said that "Silence gets you nowhere in life"?
2. What tragic event makes the Freedom Writers realize how fortunate they are?
3. Why did a student charge a Coke machine when s/he was young?
4. Why is it so unusual that the Freedom Writers win the Spirit of Anne Frank Award?
5. What does the prom queen write about her life?
6. How does Gruwell spend the summer of 1996?
7. What circumstances lead to a student being offered a job from John Tu?
8. What do the Freedom Writers want readers of their book to do?
9. Why it Christmas Eve so difficult for the student who writes Diary 113?
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
In Diary 69, a student compares his/her neighborhood to "The Brady Bunch". Write about what life is like for the Brady Bunch. Compare the lives portrayed on the television show to the life this student leads. How are the neighborhoods different? How are their lives different? Is there anything about their lives that is the same?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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