The Basketball Diaries Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 108 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.

The Basketball Diaries Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 108 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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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 does Jim think a requirement seems to be for attending Communist Party meetings?

2. What does Jim do on the eve of Halloween that leads to a beating?

3. What does Jim say his eyes feel like when sniffing cleaning fluid?

4. What does Jim say the "old cigar chomping Garden regulars" love to see?

5. Why does Jim get three raps across the hand at school?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jim call local trains lousy transit?

2. Why does Jim predict a gang war soon?

3. Why does Jim dread returning to a Catholic school?

4. How does Jim react to seeing his friend Bobby Sachs's dead body?

5. In the winter of 1964, how does Jim try to prove he is not hooked onmarijuana?

6. Why does Pedro stay home from the basketball game?

7. Compare Jim's basketball team to the team at Riverdale High.

8. What does Jim claim he and his friends have mastered?

9. Why does Lefty leave his players in the Bronx?

10. Why is Jim banned for the year from the dorm at NYU?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How are teachers portrayed in the diaries? How is education portrayed? What feelings or experiences might explain Jim's fantasy of bringing a gun to school?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Jim's interactions with people of other cultures. How does he get along with them? What conflicts does he have? What type of language does he use to describe them?

Essay Topic 3

How is New York a hero for Jim? How might his life writing be different if he grew up in another place?

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