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. In Chapter V, to where does a student take a road trip with her friends?

2. Why is a student amazed at being chosen to speak in front of Barbara Boxer, their senator?

3. Who said, "The best method of overcoming your obstacles is the team method"?

4. What do the Freedom Writers remember when the pressure of their new lives gets too intense?

5. What were Rosa Parks and the other blacks called who rode buses to fight racism?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does a student refer to choices s/he is making as if the student is a traveler in Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken"?

2. Why does a student mention that her/his mother said that "Silence gets you nowhere in life"?

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

4. What does Gruwell do after the student's graduate?

5. Why is it difficult for Gruwell to get permission to teach the students their senior year?

6. Why is getting kicked off the basketball team eventually a positive thing for Joan?

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

8. Who is Peter Maass?

9. Why are little kids bad in the projects?

10. Since Europe is over a year away, what takes precedence in Gruwell's plans after graduation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Diary 74, a student's mother tells him/her that "One person can make a difference that can change the world." Why does the student find that statement unbelievable? What are some examples of people the student remembers making great changes? Does the student begin to believe that one person can make a difference that changes the world? Does the student believe that s/he can make that kind of difference or that his/her fellow students can make that type of a difference? Why or why not? Provide examples from the book.

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

A theme in the book is the parallel between warfare as experienced by Anne Frank and Zlata Filipovic and the violence the students see in their everyday lives. How can the events in Anne's and Zlata's lives be compared to the student's lives? What kind of violence did Frank and Filipovic experience? What type of violence do the students experience? How is the violence that Anne and Zlata experienced similar or dissimilar to what the students face?

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