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Ms. Strahan's English II Class

English I May 18 and May 19

Please start class with taking a practice test on School Net. The code is DU9GE2H, and you have 75 minutes.

A4- I will post the answers to your comprehensions questions in just a few hours. Please make sure you turn them in to me before 9:15 so you can receive credit.

Once you are done you may review with a partner with this game.
playfactile.com/monsterstrahan

B3-Once you are done please read the attached piece of Mythology. Answer the questions at the end please!

https://regworldlit.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/set_one_-_intro__chapter_1_the_gods.pdf

Have a great day! I will miss you guys! I expect a perfect report!

Kind regards,

Strahan

English II Classes: A2 on May 18, B2 and B4 on May 19th

Hello all,

Please start out the class by taking a practice test on School Net. This is for a grade. You will have 60 minutes to complete 27 questions. Test Code is DA6DY8H. Here is what you need to do after your practice test:

A2: You guys need to pick up on your reading from where you left off. Cheyanne, Jahova, Lily-Will you guys read aloud for me please? If you do volunteer to read you will be rewarded. 🙂 Make sure you have shared your questions with me! I need those ASAP!

B2: You guys need to be working on your Book Thief Comprehension Questions. The whole set will be due next Thursday.

B4: Complete Book Thief comprehension questions. They are on a previous post when you scroll down. I will be collecting these next Thursday.

Thank you guys for your cooperation. I expect excellent reports from all of your classes. Please be on your best behavior and please be kind and respectful to the substitute. I will miss you all!

Kind regards,

Strahan

A4 Beginning of Class work

Grab a Chromebook. Login to School Net. You will take another test for test prep. Online code is GU9JA9HE. You have 17 questions and 35 minutes.

Once you are done you need to be working on your Monster questions. These will be due at the end of class TODAY!

A2 Work on 5/12

Grab a Chromebook. Login to School Net. You will take another test for test prep. Online code is GU9JA9HE. You have 17 questions and 35 minutes.(Please return Chromebooks to my classroom after the block. That means putting them in the correct cubby hole and hooking up the charger.

Next you need to continue working on your Book Thief comprehension questions. Below you will find parts 4-8.You will need to answer these questions THROUGH PART 6. This will be due next class. (Some of you still owe me Parts 1-3, so you need to get that to me ASAP!)

Please be on your best behavior. I expect an excellent report from all of the teachers. Love you guys!

P.S. Come support our Hispanic Honor Society and Ms. Santiago at Latino Night tonight! I’ll be there so come see me!

Part 4:
59.) Who teaches Hans how to play the accordion?
60.) Who saves Hans life and how does he save his life?
61.) How does Hans come into the possession of his accordion? What does he promise in return?
62.) Does Hans want to join the Nazi party? Why does he apply to join?
63.) Why is Hans denied entry into the Nazi party (meaning put on a waiting list)?
64.) How is Hans life again saved by Erik via his accordion? (even after Erick’s death)
65.) Why does Max arrive in the kitchen of the Hubermans’?
66.) What does Hans mean when he tells Max not to worry because Liesel is a “good girl”?
67.) Max loved nothing more than what?
68.) Why did the urge to fight “leave” Max and Walter at the age of 17?
69.) On the Night of Broken Glass, who shows up at Max’s door? Why?
70.) How are Liesel and Max alike?
71.) How do Liesel and Max first “officially” meet?
72.) Where does Max move to live?
73.) What book is Max reading?
74.) Why does Max feel “guilty?”
75.) What book has Liesel started reading in “The Swapping of Nightmares” and where does she obtain this book?
76.) Why do the Huberman’s start having Max sleep upstairs instead of in the basement? What does this say about them?
77.) Liesel says Max’s hair is like what?
78.) What do Liesel and Max have in common?
79.) What does Liesel receive on her 12th birthday?
80.) At the beginning of “Pages from the Basement,” why do the Hubermans keep Liesel out of the basement?
81.) What is the “Standover Man?” Why this title? What is the significance?
Part 5:
82.) What will happen to Rudy? How do we know and what is Death’s reaction?
83.) What does Max ask the Hubermans to do for him? Who ends up doing it?
84.) Find a simile on page 251. Describe it.
85.) Max daydreams about boxing. Who does he daydream about boxing with? Why this person?
86.) The Hubermans, Liesel and Max work on painting the rest of the pages from Mein Kampf os they can make another book called what?
87.) In “The Gamblers ( a seven-sided die),” Death compares hiding a Jew to gambling, rolling a dice, which is made up of 7 sides, he then uses this metaphor to describe the seven main events in this chapter. What is the last main event that causes Liesel to fear Rosa Huberman when she returns home? What is Liesel’s reaction to this news?
88.) Why do Rudy and Tommy have to run laps after the marching at the Hitler Youth?
89.) Who is Victor Chemmel? How is he different from Arthur?
90.) How do Liesel and Rudy feel about Victor? How do we know?
91.) Why does Liesel choose the mayor’s house to steal from?
92.) What does Liesel steal and what does Liesel leave behind?
93.) What are the three acts of stupidity by Rudy Steiner?
94.) What act of kindness does Rudy do for Liesel at the end of this part? Why?
Part 6:
95.) In “Death’s Diary,” we get Death’s views on war. What are his thoughts on war (whose fault?) and what metaphor does he employ toward the end of this section?
96.) What does Liesel bring down to Max on Christmas Eve?
97.) What happens to Max in “The Snowman?”
98.) Why does Liesel find “gifts” for Max? What is the first “gift” she finds?
99.) Liesel wants to give Max a cloud and she asks, “How do you give someone a piece of sky?” Hans suggests she memorize it and write it down. What theme is seen here? How do you know?
100.) What is Liesel doing here, “It didn’t stop her from pulling a lump of salt water from her eye and feeding it to Max’s face.”
101.) What is the next book Liesel steals from the mayor’s house?
102.) Does the mayor’s wife know Liesel is stealing books? How do you know this?
103.) Why does Rosa come to Liesel’s school? Why does she act angry with her?
104.) At the beginning of “Death’s Diary: Cologne,” what is complaining about?
105.) Why do the Nazis come looking in people’s basement? What are they looking for?
106.) Why does Liesel act like she hurts herself playing soccer?
107.) What does Death mean that “the sky was the color of Jews?”
108.) What is Death’s reaction to death? How do you know? Offer at least one quote for support.
Part 7:
109.) Why was Hans painting business gaining so much new business?
110.) Liesel tastes what for the first time? Why does she say she will never drink this again?
111.) At the Hitler Youth Carnvial, Rudy wins 3 of his 4 races and later admits to Liesel that he lost his 4th one on purpose. Why?
112.) What is the name of the next book that Liesel steals from the Mayor’s house? (This time without Rudy)
113.) When Liesel and Rudy return to the Mayor’s house the next time, together, what do they notice sitting in the window this time?
114.) Does the Mayor’s wife know Liesel is stealing books? How do you know?
115.) There is a letter in one of the books she takes from the window- who is the letter from and what does it say? What is Liesel’s reaction?
116.) What is going on in this scene, “Night watched. Some people watched it back, trying to find the tin-can planes as they drove across the sky.” What literary devices are employed here?
117.) What does Max do for the first time in 22 months?
118.) Why do they say Liesel’s books are her “accordion?”
119.) Who is the “sky stealer?” Why this name?
120.) Why does Frau Holtzapfel come to the Huberman’s house?
121.) Where are the Jews going in the “parade of Jews?”
122.) What does Hans do at the parade of Jews that gets him whipped? What does this say about Hans?
123.) Why does Max leave Himmel Street? Where is he going and why?
124.) What is the “arrangement” made?
125.) Hans returns from the Amper river with a note- what is this note and who is it from?
126.) Guilt plays a major role in this section, especially toward the end. What are some examples of guilt felt by the characters? How does their guilt affect the progression of the plot?
127.) At the end of section 7, two men in coats come to Himmel Street- who do they want to see?

Monster Discussion Questions B3

1. Steve Harmon’s defense attorney, Kathy O’Brien says she wants to make her client look like “a human being in the eyes of the jury” (p. 16) in contrast to the “monsters” who the assistant district attorney claims are “willing to steal and to kill, people who disregard the right of others” (p.21). Why do you think Walter Dean Myers named his book Monster?
2. Can you name a few of the novel’s scenes with Steve’s friends and family that work to show him as more human than monster?
3. Monster is a novel written in a screenplay format with Steve’s journal entries mixed in throughout. Do you think this is an effective format for the book? Why or why not?
4. On page 82, Osvaldo Cruz says to Steve, “You ain’t got the heart to be nothing but a lame.” He also testifies in court that to be in his gang, the Deablos, you have to cut someone’s face to “show you got the heart” (p. 107-108). What does “having the heart” mean in the context of Osvaldo’s world? Is it a good thing or a bad thing that Steve is accused of not having it? Do you think Steve wishes he had it?
5. In Steve’s film workshop at Stuyvesant High School, his instructor Mr. Sawicki compares viewers of a film to a jury: “If you make your film predictable, they’ll make up their minds about it long before it’s over” (p. 19). Did you make up your mind about Steve’s guilt or innocence before the book was over? Did you ever change your mind…or start to wonder? If so, when?
6. On page 224, O’Brien asks Steve if he was in the drugstore on December 22, the day of the robbery. He says no. But on page 140, Steve writes in his journal the he “walked into a drugstore to look for some mints, and then I walked out.” Does that mean he lied under oath? Does this make you question Steve’s innocence?
7. On page 260, prosecutor Sandra Petrocelli says, “They are all equally guilty. The one who grabbed the cigarettes, the one who wrestled for the gun, the one who checked the place to see if the coast was clear.” Do you agree with that? In your opinion, is it as bad to be a conspirator in a crime as it is to commit the actual crime? Why or why not?
Summer Reading Assignment 2
Monster
8. Why do you think the author feeds the reader pieces of information bit by bit, leaving Steve’s story to unfold slowly?
9. Mr. Sawicki speaks highly of Steve, saying his film footage “speaks of a very deep character” (p. 236). Steve writes on page 93, “I know that in my heart I am not a bad person.” What do you think of Steve’s character based on his journal and the way he records the courtroom drama? What mistakes do you think he made, if any? How do you think his perspective on life changes after his arrest?
10. Steve’s only hope in the trial is that the jury will see him differently than his peers. Does his attorney see him differently from James King, Bobo, and Osvaldo? Why does she refuse to hug him after he is acquitted? How is he different? Is he at all the same?
11. When you read O’Brien’s final argument-and then Petrocelli’s final argument-both sides of Steve’s case become clear. Would you have acquitted Steve if you were a juror in this trial?

Monster Questions A4

MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers

THEMES

Peer Pressure One theme of the novel involves the challenges of managing peer pressure and dealing with the consequences of peer pressure. This is especially seen in how Steve associates with young men he knows are individuals with questionable character. There is a sense that he needs to prove his manhood in some way be being with this “tough guy crowd” in spite of the fact that they bring disaster down upon him.

Young African Men in Harlem Another them is that of the experience of young African American men in Harlem. The author presents the situation that exists for these young men who are growing up in the middle of poverty, crime, and hopelessness. They often make the wrong choices because they have few positive role models, and they often see themselves as “destined” for prison.

Introspection and Personal Responsibility The theme of introspection and personal responsibility is one of the most prevalent themes. Steve must come to terms with who is really is. His screenplay and journal entries are ways for him to try to make sense of what he has done or hasn’t done in his life and what has brought him to the point of being on trial for his life. By the end of the novel, his doubts and fears about who he really is and how responsible he is for the death of Mr. Nesbitt have not yet been completely resolved in his mind.

Race and the Justice System Another important theme is that of race and the justice system. There is a sense that because Steve is young and black, he is “more likely” to have committed the crime in the eyes of the jurors. There is also the sense that if he has been arrested, he must have done it because the police and the prosecution witnesses wouldn’t lie.

MOOD

The mood is very dark and filled with despair as we see Steve learn to cope with what may be the outcome of the trial. The mood brightens somewhat at the end after he is acquitted, but ultimately the mood remains dark even as the novel concludes. Steve must now face the realization that his life is changed forever and that he doesn’t really know who he is anymore.

Setting

The novel takes place in Manhattan and Harlem, New York City, mostly in a city jail or lockup, but sometimes the scenes take us to the neighborhood where Steve Harmon lives.

Point of View

In the journal entry sections, the novel is written in the first person narrative point of view. In the film script sections, the novel is written in third person objective.

Character List (Major characters)

Steve Harmon He is a sixteen year old young African American man who has been arrested for acting as the lookout in a robbery that goes bad and ends in a murder. He is the narrator of the story, writing it in the form of a screenplay interspersed with his journal entries.

Kathy O’Brien She is Steve’s defense attorney who uses his character traits before the crime and makes sure she distances him from the other defendants as a way of getting a not guilty verdict.

Sandra Petrocelli She is the Assistant District Attorney who prosecutes the case against Steve and James King. She labels them “monsters.”

James King An African American man who is also young, but older than Steve. He encourages Steve to be part of his crew which will rob the drugstore. He is accused of being in the drugstore, wrestling Mr. Nesbitt for the gun, and ultimately shooting the older man to death.

Asa Briggs He is the defense attorney who is representing James King and trying to get the jury to find him not guilty.

Richard “Bobo” Evans He is the other young man accused of being in the store at the time of the murder. He admits to stealing the money and grabbing the cartons of cigarettes while King is wrestling Nesbitt for the gun. He makes a deal with the prosecution to testify against King and Steve to get a lighter sentence.

Osvaldo Cruz He is another participant in the crime. It was his job to stand outside and trip up anyone who tries to catch them after they rob the store. He claims he did it because he was afraid of Bobo, but he is a member of a street gang and slashed someone’s face to be accepted into the gang.

Minor Characters

Lorelle Henry She is a grandmother who was in the drugstore at the time of the murder. She testifies that she saw two men in the drugstore, and she picks James King from a handful of photos and then from a lineup.

Jose Delgado He worked in the drugstore and found Mr. Nesbitt’s body. He also determined that several cartons of cigarettes had been stolen along with money from the cash register.

Steve’s parents They are depicted as hard-working people who have tried to raise their sons right. Steve’s mother continues to believe in him no matter what, but his father looks at him like he doesn’t really know him.

Dorothy Moore James King’s cousin, she testifies that James had brought her a new lamp for Christmas at the time of the murder.

Sal Zinzi An inmate in prison who testified he heard another prisoner talking about buying cigarettes from a guy who held up a drugstore where the owner was killed.

Wendell Bolden A prisoner who testified that he bought cigarettes from Bobo Evans. He also testified that Bobo told him a man was killed during the drugstore robbery.

George Nipping He testifies that James King is left-handed which creates reasonable doubt that King committed the crime since it was more likely that Mr. Nesbitt was shot by a right-handed perpetrator. His testimony is weak, however, because the perpetrator was wrestling with Mr. Nesbitt over the gun.

Alguinaldo Nesbitt The victim of the crime, he is depicted as a decent, hard-working citizen who lost his life in defense of his property. However, his character isn’t well presented because the focus of the story is Steve and the other young men on trial.
Conflict

External conflict: Steve Harmon is on trial for felony murder and must help his attorney convince the jury that he is not guilty.

Internal conflict: Steve Harmon must deal with his own questions and conscience about his involvement in the crime and about his questions about who he is really as a person.

Protagonist The protagonist of a story is usually the main character who traditionally goes through some sort of change. He or she must usually overcome some opposing force. In Monster, the protagonist is Steve Harmon, a sixteen year-old African American youth who is on trial for his life.

Antagonists The antagonist of a story is the force that provides an obstacle for the protagonist. The antagonists include the justice system, the neighborhood which impacts young men like Steve, the people Steve associates with in the neighborhood, and Steve himself.

Climax The climax of a plot is the major turning point that allows the protagonist to resolve the conflict. The climax of this story occurs when Steve is found not guilty of felony murder.

Outcome The outcome, resolution, or denouement occurs in the final chapters when Steve __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Comprehension Questions
Introduction
1. What causes Steve to cry at night?
2. What details describe the setting?
3. How does the writer use details to create a mood or atmosphere?
4. Why does Steve decide to tell the story of his experience in the form of a movie script?
5. What is the significance of the following quote? “I’ll call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me. Monster.”

Monday, July 6
1. What is the significance of “Fade in: Interior: Early morning in Cell Block D, Manhattan Detention Center?
2. What effect does the author create by using the Voice-over? “VO: Ain’t no use putting the blanket over your head, man. You can’t cut this out; this is reality.”
3. What is the visual effect of Steve’s opening credits?
4. What is the significance of the following quote? “There are also monsters in our communities—people who are willing to steal and to kill, people who disregard the rights of others.”
5. What is Kathy O’Brien’s response to Steve when he tells her he is writing this “whole thing down as a movie?” What does this tell us about her attitude towards him? (inference)
6. For what crime are James King and Steve Harmon on trial?
7. What is Sandra Petrocelli’s responsibility as Prosecutor? What is her opening argument?
8. What is Kathy O’Brien’s responsibility as Defense Attorney? What is her opening argument?
9. What is Asa Briggs’s responsibility as Defense Attorney? What is his opening argument?
10. Briefly summarize the testimony of Jose Delgado.
11. Briefly summarize the testimony of Sal Zinzi.
12. Briefly describe the flashback involving Steve and his friend Tony. What can we infer about Steve’s character from his actions in this scene?
13. What is the difference between the point of view of the journal sections and the point of view of the movie script sections?

Tuesday, July 7:
1. Why does Steve “hate, hate, hate” this place?
2. What is Bolden’s testimony and how does it advance Petrocelli’s case?
3. In the flashback scene with Peaches and Johnny, what are the characters debating?
4. How does Briggs try to discredit (make the jury doubt) the truth of Bolden’s testimony?
5. What are two dangers Steve and other inmates face at night in the detention center?
6. What does the flashback between Steve and Jerry reveal about the nature of the brothers’ relationship?

Wednesday, July 8:
1. What precaution do the prison guards take and why?
2. What is the significance of the following passage? “It’s funny, but when I’m sitting in the courtroom, I don’t feel like I’m involved in the case. It’s like the lawyers and the judge and everybody are doing a job that involves me, but I don’t have a role. It’s only when I go back to the cells that I know I’m involved.”
3. Considering your answer to question #2, why do you think the author chooses to write the trial scenes as a script and the prison cell scenes as a personal journal?
4. What internal conflict is revealed in the following passage? “I want to look like a good person. I want to feel like I’m a good person because I believe I am. But being in here with these guys makes it hard to think about yourself as being different. We look about the same, and even though I’m younger than they are, it’s hard not to notice that we are all pretty young. I see what Miss O’Brien meant when she said part of her job was to make me look human in the eyes of the jury.” (Conflict, inference, and characterization)
5. What does the following passage reveal about Steve’s character and about the setting? “I hope I didn’t shout out in my sleep. That would look weak to everybody. It’s not good to be weak in here.”
6. What is the testimony of Detective Karyl?
7. Describe Steve’s nightmare/fantasy sequence about Death Row. What does that scene reveal about his emotions and character?
8. O’Brien suggests to Steve that in the eyes of the jury he really isn’t innocent until proven guilty. What does she mean by this? (theme, character)
9. Compare and contrast Osvaldo Cruz’s behavior in the neighborhood flashback with his behavior on the witness stand. What do these behaviors reveal about him? (character)

Thursday, July 9:
1. What is Steve’s reaction to O’Brien’s claim that the judge could sentence him to 25 years to life? What is your reaction to this possibility?
2. What literary device is used in the following passage? “I wanted to open my shirt and tell her to look into my heart to see who I really was, who the real Steve Harmon was.” What is the author trying to convey with this passage? (Figurative language—metaphor. Character Development. Theme)
3. Consider the following passage: “While we were waiting, they brought King in and handcuffed him near me. I thought of the movie, of what kind of camera angle I would use. I could smell the different scents of him. He had on aftershave lotion and some kind of grease on his hair. I could separate the smells. Please don’t speak to me, I prayed.” What does this passage reveal about Steve? What does it reveal about James King?
4. Why does Steve say James King can’t scare him?
5. What is the reaction of the kids visiting court when Steve turns and looks at them? How do you think Steve feels about their reaction?
6. Summarize Osvaldo’s testimony.
7. Do you believe Osvaldo when he says, “I was in because I was scared of Bobo?” Explain.
8. Have you ever participated in an activity simply because you were afraid of what others would say or do if you didn’t participate? Do you know of any other people who have done this? Why do you think this happens?
9. How do Briggs and O’Brien try to discredit Osvaldo or show the jury that Osvaldo’s character is questionable?
10. Do you trust Osvaldo? Why or why not?
11. What do we learn about Steve and Mr. Harmon from the scene describing Mr. Harmon’s visit with his son?
12. Steve is deeply shaken by seeing his father cry? Why? Has there ever been a time in your life when the reaction of someone else troubled you greatly? If so, what were the circumstances of the situation? Why do you think it affected you so strongly?
13. What do the two flashback scenes in which Steve learns of Nesbitt’s murder suggest about his emotions at the time? What conclusions can you draw about his probable guilt or innocence?

Friday, July 10:
1. Why does Petrocelli show the jury the photographs of the crime scene? (character motivation)
2. What is the external reason Steve is about to throw up?
3. What is the internal reason Steve is about to throw up?
4. What is the significance of the four-way split-screen montage? (Steve’s split-image presentation suggests the reader’s difficulties in coordinating conflicting and contradictory testimony by a group of witnesses. Some evidence, such as testimony of Steve’s relationship with James King and Bobo Evans, indicates guilt. Other testimonies make no connection between Steve and the crime or criminals).
5. According to Moody’s testimony, what caused the death of Mr. Nesbitt?
6. With a partner, sketch the trajectory or path of the bullet through the body (as described by Moody).

Saturday, July 11:
1. Why do you think Miss O’Brien warns Steve not to write anything in his notebook that he doesn’t want the prosecutor to see?
2. Why do you think Steve is becoming more and more concerned about what Miss O’Brien thinks about him?
3. How have Steve’s fears changed as he has gone through this experience?
4. As a small group, act out the story of Ernie’s arrest. Then be prepared to share with the class your answers to the following questions: a) Why does Ernie believe he is not guilty? b) Do you agree with his argument? Why or why not?
5. James King says, “When Bobo shows, he shows correct but sometime he act like a spaceman or something.” What does the simile James King uses to describe Bobo Evans reveal about his attitude towards Bobo?
6. Steve says, “Bob’s not Einstein.” What literary device is being used here and what does it reveal about character?
7. In the flashback where James King asks Steve to be lookout, the author ends the scene before the reader can learn Steve’s answer. Why do you think the author does this? What do you predict was Steve’s answer? Why?

Sunday, July 12:

1. Compare and contrast Mrs. Harmon’s response to Steve and his situation to that of Mr. Harmon’s response a few days earlier. What does this reveal about each of their characters?
2. What do you think Steve means when he says, “I need the movie more and more?”
Monday, July 13:
1. Who is Lorelle Henry and what is her testimony?
2. How much do you think Lorelle Henry’s testimony hurts James King’s case? Explain.
3. How much do you think Lorelle Henry’s testimony hurts Steve’s case? Explain.
4. How does Asa Briggs try to make Lorelle Henry’s testimony seem less damaging to King?
5. Why doesn’t O’Brien ask Lorelle Henry any questions?
6. Describe Bobo Evans’s physical appearance when he arrives at court. What does his physical appearance suggest about his character?
7. What is Bobo’s testimony?
8. What does Bobo say that hurts James King’s case?
9. What does Bobo say that hurts Steve Harmon’s case?
10. What does Bobo say (or not say) that might help Steve Harmon’s case?
11. Reread the paragraph on p. 183 in which Bobo describes how he got arrested when people were “dropping dimes” on him. With a partner, summarize in your own words what Bobo is saying. Also summarize what this reveals about Bobo. (Summarizing. Interpreting dialect, idiom, and metaphor. Character analysis).
12. How do Briggs and O’Brien try to discredit Bobo? 13. Describe the joke and metaphor of “The People Rest” cartoon.

Tuesday, July 14:
1. What is O’Brien’s strategy to defend Steve?
2. What do you think Steve wants to tell Jerry when he imagines saying, “Think about all the tomorrows of your life?”
3. What is Dorothy Moore’s testimony and how trustworthy is it? Explain.
4. What is George Nipping’s testimony?
5. Why isn’t James King going to testify?
6. Why does O’Brien believe Steve has to testify?
7. Describe the significance of the turning cup.
8. Briefly summarize Steve’s testimony. How well do you think he does? Explain.
9. How does Petrocelli use the acquaintance/friend trick to make Steve look bad in the eyes of the jury?
10. How does Mr. Sawicki serve as a character witness for Steve? How does Petrocelli try to discredit Mr. Sawicki in the eyes of the jury?

Closing Arguments
1. Using a T-chart, summarize the arguments Petrocelli uses to prove that James King should be found guilty versus the arguments Briggs uses to prove that King should be found not guilty. Feel free to add any additional arguments you think of that could be used.
2. Using a T-chart, summarize the arguments Petrocelli uses to prove that Steve Harmon should be found guilty versus the arguments O’Brien uses to prove that Steve Harmon should be found not guilty. Feel free to add any additional arguments you think of that could be used.
3. What does the judge say in his instructions to the jury that really haunts Steve?
4. If you were a member of the jury, would you find James King guilty or not guilty? Why?
5. If you were a member of the jury, would you find Steve Harmon guilty or not guilty? Why?
Friday afternoon, July 17:
1. Describe the internal conflict Steve is going through? How has his understanding of his responsibility in the crime changed since the beginning of the novel?
2. What is the verdict? Do you believe it is a fair verdict? Explain.

December, 5 months later:
1. Briefly describe the resolution.
2. What still haunts Steve? Why do you think he is still haunted by this?
3. Have you ever been haunted by something you have done or by someone’s opinion of you? Explain if you feel comfortable sharing this.
4. What do you think is the answer to Steve’s question: “What did she see?”
5. What do you see when you see Steve Harmon?

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Reading Comprehension Questions: The Book Thief

Reading Comprehension Questions: The Book Thief
(Please write on a separate sheet of paper. You will receive NO CREDIT if you write on this paper.)
Prologue:
1.) In “Death and Chocolate,” Death says he sees what before the humans?
2.) What/who is Death referring to when he says it is the “leftover humans?”
3.) How many times does Death say that he saw the book thief?
4.) Who stands beside the railway line?
5.) Why does Death linger at the railway line?
6.) Where does Death FIRST see the book thief?
7.) Where does Death SECOND see the book thief? What is she doing and who is with her?
8.) Where does Death see the book thief a THIRD time? What is she doing?
9.) At the end of this section, Death says that he carries certain stories around with him to prove to him that humans are what?
10.) In the first four sections, Death introduces himself and discusses the importance of colors. What are the 4 colors mentioned in these first four sections (in order)?
Part 1:
11.) On the train, Liesel has a dream, what is her dream of? Why is this significant?
12.) Who dies in the first section?
13.) What does Liesel find and take at the burial site?
14.) Why does Death attend the burial?
15.) Who are the Hubermanns? Where do they live?
16.) Give a description of Hans Hubermann. What are some hobbies he enjoys?
17.) Give a description of Rosa Hubermann. What does she do for work?
18.) What does Rosa call Liesel? Why do you think she calls her this name?
19.) Compare/Contrast the relationship between Hans and Liesel and Rosa and Liesel.
20.) Why is dangerous that Liesel has brown eyes?
21.) How does Hans comfort Liesel when she starts having nightmares about her brother?
22.) What did they discover about Liesel in “The Woman with the Iron Fist?”
23.) When Liesel turns 10 she is forced to join the _________________________.
24.) Describe Rudy Steiner.
25.) What is Frau Diller’s “one golden rule?”
26.) What is the “road of yellow stars?”
27.) Who does Rudy imitate that enrages his father so? Why is his father angry with him?
28.) After Liesel wets the bed, what is Hans reaction? What does he find in her mattress?
29.) Who teaches Liesel to read and write?
30.) What is the “smell” Liesel refers to as the “smell of friendship?”
31.) When forced to read in front of her class, what does Liesel do instead?

Part 2:
32.) What is the name of the second book Liesel steals?
33.) In the Prologue, Death tells readers Liesel will steal her first book from ice and her second book from fire. What is meant here?
34.) Who is “Werner?”
35.) What does Liesel mean she says, “There were not many people who could say that their education had been paid for with cigarettes?”
36.) Who does Liesel want to write a letter to? Be specific.
37.) What is Liesel’s birthday present to herself?
38.) Who comes to the Huberman’s house the day of the celebration for Hitler’s birthday?
39.) How is the relationship between Hans and his son? How is their relationship a parallel to Germany and its people at that time?
40.) Why does Hans slap Liesel? What do they do after the hit?
41.) Does anyone see Liesel pull the book from the fire?
Part 3:
42.) What is Hans reaction to Lielsel’s second thievery?
43.) Why does Hans go to the Nazi Party office and ask about his application and then purchase a copy of Mein Kampf?
44.) Who does Liesel think saw her take the second book from the fire?
45.) What does the mayor’s wife show Liesel and what is her reaction?
46.) What does it say about the mayor’s wife (who leads the town) that she aligns herself with Liesel, the girl she saw stealing books?
47.) What does Death reveal to us at the beginning of “Enter the Struggle?”
48.) Who is Johann Hermann? What has happened to him and how do we know?
49.) Rudy joins Liesel in her thievery but this time they are what kind of stealers? What did they steal and who from first?
50.) Rudy and Liesel share a happy moment in Nazi Germany, reminding us of the blend between lightness and darkness, what is this happy moment?
51.) What does Walter Kugler do for Max? What are some things he gives him? Why?
52.) Was Max German?
53.) Max says Mein Kampf “saves” him- how so? How is this ironic?
54.) How do we know Liesel has a sense of right and wrong and morality?
55.) Who is Arthur Berg?
56.) How do we know Liesel and Max will soon meet one another?
57.) Who is the “struggler?”
58.) Where does Max arrive at the end of Part 3?

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Please read on your own. You need to read up to page 89 in Monster, then answer the comprehension questions below. What you don’t finish you will need to finish as homework. Therefore, you need to finish your reading in class today and questions at home.

Please, please, please be on your best behavior. Have a great day and safe weekend!

Kind regards,

Ms. Strahan

Comprehension Questions
Introduction
1. What causes Steve to cry at night?
2. What details describe the setting?
3. How does the writer use details to create a mood or atmosphere?
4. Why does Steve decide to tell the story of his experience in the form of a movie script?
5. What is the significance of the following quote? “I’ll call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me. Monster.”

Monday, July 6
1. What is the significance of “Fade in: Interior: Early morning in Cell Block D, Manhattan Detention Center?
2. What effect does the author create by using the Voice-over? “VO: Ain’t no use putting the blanket over your head, man. You can’t cut this out; this is reality.”
3. What is the visual effect of Steve’s opening credits?
4. What is the significance of the following quote? “There are also monsters in our communities—people who are willing to steal and to kill, people who disregard the rights of others.”
5. What is Kathy O’Brien’s response to Steve when he tells her he is writing this “whole thing down as a movie?” What does this tell us about her attitude towards him? (inference)
6. For what crime are James King and Steve Harmon on trial?
7. What is Sandra Petrocelli’s responsibility as Prosecutor? What is her opening argument?
8. What is Kathy O’Brien’s responsibility as Defense Attorney? What is her opening argument?
9. What is Asa Briggs’s responsibility as Defense Attorney? What is his opening argument?
10. Briefly summarize the testimony of Jose Delgado.
11. Briefly summarize the testimony of Sal Zinzi.
12. Briefly describe the flashback involving Steve and his friend Tony. What can we infer about Steve’s character from his actions in this scene?
13. What is the difference between the point of view of the journal sections and the point of view of the movie script sections?

Tuesday, July 7:
1. Why does Steve “hate, hate, hate” this place?
2. What is Bolden’s testimony and how does it advance Petrocelli’s case?
3. In the flashback scene with Peaches and Johnny, what are the characters debating?
4. How does Briggs try to discredit (make the jury doubt) the truth of Bolden’s testimony?
5. What are two dangers Steve and other inmates face at night in the detention center?
6. What does the flashback between Steve and Jerry reveal about the nature of the brothers’ relationship?

Wednesday, July 8:
1. What precaution do the prison guards take and why?
2. What is the significance of the following passage? “It’s funny, but when I’m sitting in the courtroom, I don’t feel like I’m involved in the case. It’s like the lawyers and the judge and everybody are doing a job that involves me, but I don’t have a role. It’s only when I go back to the cells that I know I’m involved.”
3. Considering your answer to question #2, why do you think the author chooses to write the trial scenes as a script and the prison cell scenes as a personal journal?
4. What internal conflict is revealed in the following passage? “I want to look like a good person. I want to feel like I’m a good person because I believe I am. But being in here with these guys makes it hard to think about yourself as being different. We look about the same, and even though I’m younger than they are, it’s hard not to notice that we are all pretty young. I see what Miss O’Brien meant when she said part of her job was to make me look human in the eyes of the jury.” (Conflict, inference, and characterization)
5. What does the following passage reveal about Steve’s character and about the setting? “I hope I didn’t shout out in my sleep. That would look weak to everybody. It’s not good to be weak in here.”
6. What is the testimony of Detective Karyl?
7. Describe Steve’s nightmare/fantasy sequence about Death Row. What does that scene reveal about his emotions and character?
8. O’Brien suggests to Steve that in the eyes of the jury he really isn’t innocent until proven guilty. What does she mean by this? (theme, character)
9. Compare and contrast Osvaldo Cruz’s behavior in the neighborhood flashback with his behavior on the witness stand. What do these behaviors reveal about him? (character)

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