The Freedom Writers Diary Test | Final Test - Hard

Freedom Writers
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why at the Lincoln Monument does Gruwell begin to understand why moms cry at school plays and graduations?

2. Why do the students sign an honor code?

3. What does a junior student say about her stepfather during the fall semester?

4. What does a student say after not taking the opportunity to sing to Jopie and Lies?

5. When one of the juniors was twelve, how did her grandmother die?

Essay Topics

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

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 3

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.

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