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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. How is money raised for a trip to Washington, D.C.?
2. When one of the juniors was twelve, how did her grandmother die?
3. Why does a student have to be head of the household and worry about rent and car payments Senior year?
4. What program is created to teach tolerance to kids who feel as if they don't fit in?
5. What do the Freedom Writers do after their first year in college?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is getting kicked off the basketball team eventually a positive thing for Joan?
2. Why is a student acting as receptionist in the classroom by Chapter VII?
3. Why does a student have trouble editing a story about an abortion?
4. Who is a prisoner who writes the Freedom Writers from West Virginia?
5. What does the prom queen write about her life?
6. What do the Freedom Writers want readers of their book to do?
7. Why does the Guess? Company wish to help the students get to New York City to accept an award?
8. What magical event occurs at the Lincoln Memorial?
9. Why does a student write that she is a loving girl and mention that she cries when she read "The Color Purple"?
10. Why it Christmas Eve so difficult for the student who writes Diary 113?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
When Zlata comes to visit and people ask her her nationality, she tells them "I'm a human being." Why is it strange that adults ask this question? What happens if instead of labeling people, people are treated as individuals? What does the writer of Diary 47 say about this incident? How is the world a better place if we are all treated just as human beings? What happens if there are no labels?
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
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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