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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who makes up Rickey's gang?
2. What causes one boy in Rickey's gang to get shot accidentally in the arm?
3. What does the teacher, Mr. Rogers, promise the class if either Clarise or Pharoah wins the spelling bee?
4. What is it that Vince Lane does not know until the Horner residents inform him?
5. Which child did LaJoe take with her to Terrence's trial?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write a paper on pacifism. Starting with Pharoah who avoids physical conflict and often goes to his secret place where he feels safe, discuss the idea that pacifism has the advantage of not escalating conflict. You may want to mention Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in your paper. Show how pacifism is not the same thing as weakness.
Essay Topic 2
Using Jimmie Lee as an example, write an essay on America's prison system. Discuss how incarceration more often than not turns out hardened criminals who earn their rank while in prison. Give your suggestions of how the prison system might be improved so that inmates are really rehabilitated.
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay about political and criminal abuse of the poor, the uneducated, and the elderly. Explain why these people are so vulnerable to scams and oppression. Compare the scam artists who bilked LaJoe out of her deposit money for a new house to the corrupt politicians who allowed the projects to fall victim of disrepair and lawlessness. Include examples of whole political systems which allow starvation and genocide to go on among their people.
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