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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. What happens to Teres's father?
2. Why is the Guess? Company sponsoring a trip for some of the Freedom Writers?
3. How does Cheryl Best inspire a student?
4. What do the Freedom Writers remember when the pressure of their new lives gets too intense?
5. When the students are speaking at an elementary school, what icebreaker question brings nearly everyone forward?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the character Celie in "The Color Purple" remind a student about her Uncle Joe?
2. Why does a student have trouble editing a story about an abortion?
3. Why it Christmas Eve so difficult for the student who writes Diary 113?
4. What circumstances lead to a student being offered a job from John Tu?
5. Why did a student charge a Coke machine when s/he was young?
6. Why does the Guess? Company wish to help the students get to New York City to accept an award?
7. Why is it difficult for Gruwell to get permission to teach the students their senior year?
8. Who is a prisoner who writes the Freedom Writers from West Virginia?
9. Why does reading "Catcher in the Rye" make a student begin to think about the consequences of suicide?
10. Why does a student feel that "National Spokesperson for the Plight of Black People" is stamped on her forehead?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Things change for the Freedom Writers from the time they begin classes with Gruwell their freshman year beyond when they graduate from high school. What are some changes students make? What books, people, or events help students to change? List examples from the book of how specific students change and what specific things help the students to change.
Essay Topic 2
Zlata says during her visit that the Bosnian Children become "soldiers" and the soldiers became "children". What does Zlata mean by that statement? What happens to children during a war? How do soldiers behave when trying to achieve their goals? How are the roles reversed?
Essay Topic 3
What does it mean "World peace is only a dream because people won't allow themselves and others around them to simply be peanuts"? Explain the meaning of the phrase, and why a student compares people to peanuts. How do peanuts compare to people? What happens if people are allowed to be peanuts? What does people living in harmony have to do with the appearance of peanuts?
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