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Chapter 13

How does the author describe Lincoln’s night before?

Which players did Lincoln hangout with after the game? Where did they go?

Why do you think Tony was quiet at first?

What did Tony tell Lincoln about the TV from the thrift shop?  Based on this, do you think Tony was ever rally mad at Lincoln?

What plans did Lincoln and Tony make?

How did the phone call go with Monica?

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Chapter 12

What was Lincoln trying to communicate to his mom? Was he successful?

Why did Lincoln carry a framed picture with him from the bathroom to the kitchen?

What did Bukouski address Lincoln about?

Why did Lincoln say what he said originally?

How did their argument end?

Did his knee hurt when he practiced?

Who did Lincoln see on the Franklin side?

Which team possessed the ball first?

Who was Lincoln looking at on the Franklin side, instead of watching the game?

What happened to Bukowski in the game?

Did Lincoln find Monica in the crowd? Who was she with?

How did the second half start for Lincoln?

“…feeling giddy because he was now understanding that he was a Franklin boy beneath a Columbus uniform.”  Why is this sentence and the paragraph the follows it, an important discovery for Lincoln?

Lincoln was going to play for himself, not school pride…” Who did Lincoln “take sides” with?

Who won the game? What was the score?

Did Tony and Lincoln make up?

What was said during the conversation between Mr. Kimball and Coach Yesutis?

What happened when Coach Yesutis grabbed Lincoln hard by the arm?

Did James communicate with Monica?

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Chapter 11

In the paragraph, ” Lincoln helped steady the door…” What is the significance between Ray and Lincoln in the paragraph?

What type of questions did Lincoln’s mom have about the  intruder?  What was she worried about?

Who was the letter from that Lincoln received? What did the letter say?

What memory does Lincoln have of Tony while he is trying to do his homework?

How does Lincoln feel about seeing Monica at school?

What did Lincoln have for lunch?

Which team mate passed by while Lincoln was eating lunch?

Summarize their conversation.

As Lincoln was walking toward the library, the author described the remaining pep rally activity? What was it?

Lincoln saw Monica again. What happened?

Who got to play in Lincoln’s place?

Chapter Story Element Questions

Character: Lincoln finally opened up to Monica about what was going on with him.  Why?

Plot: What problems are Lincoln still facing? Has anything been solved since the beginning of the story?

Setting: Where did this chapter take place?

Story Structure: Name the chapter.

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Chapter 10

What did Lincoln do to help remedy the “intruder” situation?

Why couldn’t Lincoln tell Monica about the break in?  Is that typical of Lincoln?

How did Lincoln’s “appointment” with Monica end?

Describe the second encounter Lincoln had with Monica in the hallway. Why did Lincoln act that way?

Did Lincoln try to tell his coach about his knee? What happened?

When was Lincoln finally able to tell his mom about the intruder?

After practice, Coach Yesutis and Lincoln exchanged words. Summarize the conversation.

Why did Lincoln wave off James?

Chapter Story Element Questions

Characters- Both Monica and James were rebuffed by Lincoln when they were being nice to him.  Why do you think Lincoln does this?

Plot- The conversation between Lincoln and Coach Yesutis lead to a plot change.  What was that?

Setting- The words describing the setting in the last two chapters also feed into Lincoln’s mood.  The words, creep and creeping, alone, limping in the darkness, describe the setting, but how can they be applied to Lincoln’s feelings?

Story Structure- Name the Chapter

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Chapter 9

How was Lincoln’s knee in the morning?

Was Lincoln excited about possibly seeing the doctor?

How does Lincoln want to handle his hurt knee with regard to school?

Who did Lincoln call in the morning? What “appointment” does he make at lunch?

Where, did we learn, does Flaco come from?

Why did the rapper Iced T remind Lincoln of Tony?

Lincoln woke up to a startling surprise.  What was it? How did Lincoln handle it?

Chapter Story Element Questions

Character- Did you expect Lincoln to handle the intruder the way he did?

Plot-What is the significance of Lincoln dealing with a break in both in the mission district and Sycamore?

Setting: Where did this chapter take place?

Story Structure- Name the chapter.

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Chapter 8

Lincoln did a lot of thinking before he went to visit Monica.  Almost two pages worth!  What were some of the thoughts he was having before he met Monica?

Why do you think Lincoln lied about going to church?

Lincoln thought about having the “venison conversation” on the way to meeting Monica.  Did the talk turn out as he planned?

What games did Lincoln and Monica play? Who won each game?

The text says, “He passed the ball to Monica and was relieved it didn’t pass through her hands and smash her in the face.” What is this referring to from earlier in the chapter?

Why did Lincoln scream, “Ay”?

Why did Monica not answer Lincoln when he asked if she wanted a boyfriend?

Lincoln learned two exciting things about Roy, Lincoln’s mom’s boyfriend, when he gets home from playing basketball with Monica.  What are they?

What story did he hear about Coach Yesuitis?

Chapter Story Element Questions

Character: Monica- Throughout this chapter there were several things Monica did that Lincoln “liked”.  Based on this, what characteristics does Lincoln like in a girl? Regarding Ray, Lincoln’s approval of Ray seems to change in this chapter.  Why?

Plot: Towards the end of the chapter, Lincoln hurts his knee and this may affect an upcoming event in the plot (as discussed at the end of this chapter.) What might be affected?

Setting: Do you think Lincoln’s injury had to do more with the setting or with the character Monica?  Describe the setting of the basketball game with Monica and explain how it could have contributed to Lincoln’s injury.

Story Structure: Name the chapter.

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Chapter 7

What happened in Lincoln’s dream?

What were Lincoln’s initial thoughts about Tony?

What happened between Lincoln and his mom? Why? Who was right? Has something like this ever happened to you? How did you resolve it? How does Lincoln resolve it?

Why didn’t Lincoln tell James about his argument with his mother?

Describe the eating scene with James Lincoln and James’ family.  How is this similar to AND different from, meals in Lincoln’s house?  Did Lincoln enjoy himself?

What complaint does Lincoln have about his coach?

Why did Lincoln not tell James about Monica?

Chapter Story Element Questions:

Characters: Lincoln, in two instances in this chapter, chose to keep information to himself.  Is this typical of Lincoln’s behavior?  Why or why not?

Setting: Lincoln took us somewhere new in this chapter?  Where? Describe it. Did Lincoln like it?

Plot: Were there any major plot changes? Did anything unexpected happen in this chapter?

Story Structure: Name the chapter.

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Chapter 6

1. Who seems more motivated to get the TV back, Lincoln or Tony?  Why do you have that opinion?

2.Why do you think Lincoln got mad at Tony when he said, ” You have been living with white people too long?”

3.Why did the author insert descriptive imagery in the middle of Lincoln and Tony’s argument?  Did it help prove a point in the argument?  What is the author trying to prove with the imagery?

4. After the argument, Lincoln starts comparing his old and new neighborhood. Why?

5. In the last sentence on page 56, how does Lincoln feel about the TV? What is really bothering him?

6. Did they find the TV?  What were some other items they looked at?

7. Each boy thought about and handled the TV situation differently.  Explain.

8. Where did Lincoln go after he left the Thrift Store? Name three things he did while there.

Chapter Story Element Questions

Characters: After “spending the day” with Tony and Lincoln, you got to see their personalities.  Write a brief character sketch for both characters, then answer the following questions:  How are Tony and Lincoln the same?  How are they different?

Setting: Lincoln traveled by foot until the end of the chapter.  Use the text as your guide and draw a map of the setting of this chapter.  Indicate where Lincoln walked and what he did.

Plot: Were you shocked about the way things ended between Lincoln and Tony in this chapter?  Or did you expect something like this again?  Reference the text in your answer.

Story Structure: Would you consider what happened in this chapter a “building event” or a “climactic event?” Why?

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Chapter 4

1. On page 34, how were Lincoln’s thoughts about Monica relevant to both their lives?

2. On page 35, how does Lincoln feel about Roy?

3. What do you learn about Lincoln’s father?

4. In the first paragraph on page 38, why do you think these particular faces appeared in Lincoln’s mind?

5. What do the initials C.O stand for?

6. What do you think of the quote on page 39, ” It seems like…way look then?” Do you agree?

7. What do Monica an d Lincoln’s parents have in common?

8. What else did Lincoln and Monica talk about?

9. Why was Lincoln in a daze on the way back to class?

10. List all of Lincoln’s physical ailments.

Chapter Story Element Questions:

Character Analysis: What positive and negative things are happening in Lincoln’s life right now? Are there more positive or negative?

Plot: What new event will take place in the story?; What issues are plaguing Lincoln the most?

Setting: During what time period did this chapter take place?  List all locations Lincoln was  in this chapter.

Story Structure: Name the chapter.

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Chapter 3

1. How was Coach Yesutis described?

2. What does the coach mean when he tells Mendoza to “move his can”? (page 20)

3. On page 22, why did the coach make fun of Lincoln when he said his toe hurt?

4. How does Lincoln describe his relationship with his coach?

5. On page 23 it says, “Think… this year.”  Why do you think the author put James highlight after describing what the coach said to the players?

6. On page 23, in the last paragraph it says, ” On the last lap…breathing hard.” Why did the players react to the coach being jolly in the way they did?

7. On page 24, what did Lincoln mean when he said “scrappy”?

8. On page 25, why did Lincoln ask about Monica?

9. On page 26, how does Lincoln describe his neighbor to the North, Mr. Schulman?

10. On page 28, what comparison does he make between white and Mexican cooking?

11.On page 29, why do you think Lincoln’s mom didn’t know how to say dog food in Spanish?

12. On page 30, Why does Lincoln compare the Warriors to Franklin and Lakers to Columbus?

13. What did we learn about Coach Yesutis in this chapter? Does anything we learned justify Lincoln’s thought that the coach has trouble in his head?

Chapter Story Element Questions:

Setting- Where and when did this chapter take place?

Plot- What new events were introduced in this chapter?

Characters- What new characters did we meet in this chapter?

Story Structure- Name the chapter.

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