Questions for Monster

 

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prologue

RL.2 People often say "Prison hardens a man." Do you believe this means more physically or emotionally? Why? 

RL.1 Steve says "The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience." What do you think he means by this? How can his experience not be the story of his life? 

 

monday, july 6th

RL.4 What is he likely referring to when he says "up for the big one"? a) murder b) theft c) a minor crime

RL.3 Why would he wear a suit and tie to trial rather than the orange prison jump suit? 

RL.6 What do you believe Steve means by "win"? What does his attorney mean by "win"? 

RL.6 Steve's attorney says, "My job is to make sure the law works for you as well as against you." What do you think she means by this and do you agree with her statement? Do you predict she is acting in his best interest? 

RL.5 Which literary device is being used in this section where the scene cuts to Steve's high school film class? a) foreshadowing b) metaphor c) flashback d) mood

RL.6 Why would he keep writing monster over and over again? 

RL.6 Review the Opening Statements given by Petrocelli (Prosecuting Attorney), O'Brien (Steve's Defense Attorney), and Briggs (Mr. King's Attorney). Which do you believe was strongest? Why? Provide examples supporting your point of view. 

RL.1 Why would the defense attorney ask the witness what medical school he went to, and question the number of cigarette cartons missing? What was he trying to do? 

RL.5 Why would the author include this last flashback section? What does it reveal about Steve's character and his acquaintances? 

 

tuesday, july 7th

RL.9 View the chart below regarding poverty rates by race. What explanation can you give for these numbers? Does the experience of the characters in the book thus far support these numbers? How? 

RL.3 What grade would you give the attorneys and judge for their work in court thus far? Give details from the court scenes supporting your answer. 

RL.5 What does this flashback reveal about Steve's character? What would be his purpose in using it in his movie? 

 

wednesday, july 8th

RL.6 Steve says, "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." Watch the video below about juveniles in prison. Do you believe placing juveniles in adult prisons is dangerous to their psychological well being, or does the punishment need to fit the crime regardless of age? Defend your answer. 

RL.1 An affidavit is a written statement confirmed by oath or affirmation, for use as evidence in court. Why would the judge potentially not allow this evidence to be used? 

RL.2 Does who the victim was matter in terms of the potential consequences of the crime in the eyes of the law? Do you think it should matter? Why or why not? 

RL.4 The other attorney should probably raise an objection here. What for?

a) Leading the Witness: The attorney is telling the story/putting words out there rather than letting the witness answer questions.

b) Irrelevant: The questions the attorney is asking has nothing to do with the case.

c) Opinions/Conclusions: The detective wouldn't know anything about fingerprints. 

RL.4 What conclusions can be drawn from this statement? "You're young, you're Black, and you're on trial. What else do they need to know?" 

RL.1 Why would the defense attorney object to this question? Which statement below best explains it?

a) The prosecutor is a professional, therefore she should act like one.

b) The prosecutor is painting a stereotypical image of the witness by using terms like "hood"

c) The defense attorney doesn't really have an objection, she's just trying to stall/shake things up. 

RL.6 We see two different versions of Osvaldo's character in this section. Compare how he acts on the street vs. how he acted in court. What does this reveal about his character? 

 

thursday, july 9th

RL.6 Steve says "I wanted to open my shirt and tell her to look into my heart to see who I really was." But we can't "see into people's hearts". Or can we? Do you believe our actions define the type of people we are or do our intentions? Why? 

RL.6 In what way has Steve's opinion/feelings towards King changed? Why have they changed? 

RL.4 The prosecutor should be objecting here. Why?

a) Irrelevant: Osvaldo already testified that he had nothing to do with the crime.

b) Leading the witness. She's putting words in his mouth and continuing on without really giving him a chance to answer.

c) Opinions and Conclusions: Osvaldo wasn't at the scene so he can't answer the questions. 

 

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