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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 do the students need a receptionist every class period?
2. Why does a teacher say they do not read black literature in class?
3. Why is a student amazed at being chosen to speak in front of Barbara Boxer, their senator?
4. Why do the students sign an honor code?
5. What is a student referring to when she says she is a loving girl, but there is pain in her heart?
Short Essay Questions
1. After the students walk down the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, what does someone suggest?
2. Why does the Guess? Company wish to help the students get to New York City to accept an award?
3. Why are little kids bad in the projects?
4. Why does a student mention that her/his mother said that "Silence gets you nowhere in life"?
5. When they are in Washington, D.C., what do some students do when they see swastikas?
6. Why does a student have trouble editing a story about an abortion?
7. What circumstances lead to a student being offered a job from John Tu?
8. Why does the character Celie in "The Color Purple" remind a student about her Uncle Joe?
9. Why is it so unusual that the Freedom Writers win the Spirit of Anne Frank Award?
10. What does Gruwell do after the student's graduate?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
During the spring semester of 1996, Tommy makes a statement: "They say America is the 'Land of the Free and home of the Brave,' but what's so free about a land where people get killed?" What does Tommy mean by this statement? What examples does he give to demonstrate what he means by this statement? Why does Tommy make this statement? What is he comparing when he makes this statement?
Essay Topic 2
During the fall semester of the sophomore year, a student struggles with the decision of whether to protect a "homie" and lie in court or to tell the truth. Before the student went to courtroom, what does s/he plan to say? What changes the student's mind? What conversation with his/her mother may be a factor in the student's decision? What circumstances in the student's own life may influence the student's decision? What does the student finally decide to do? Why?
Essay Topic 3
What comparisons can be made between Zlata and the Freedom Writers? How are Zlata and the Freedom Writers subjected to things that can make them victims? Why don't Zlata and the Freedom Writers become victims? How does writing help all of them? Provide examples from the foreword and the book.
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