Just Mercy Test

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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“Mercy is just when it is rooted in hopefulness and freely given. Mercy is most empowering, liberating, and transformative when it is directed at the undeserving. The people who haven’t earned it, who haven’t even sought it, are the most meaningful recipients of our compassion.” Bryan Stevenson

One of the most inspiring, impactful, and empowering books of the last several years, Just Mercy recounts the story of lawyer and civil rights activist Bryan Stevenson, his non-profit organization, The Equal Justice Initiative. Just Mercy tells of the work Stevenson and the organization do to represent clients on death row. Students will be inspired by his life and his life's mission but shocked by America's criminal justice history over the last fifty years.

This 50-question multiple-choice test assesses the mastery of the book Just Mercy.

The test was created for a college-level first-year English composition course. However, the test can be used in an AP English Language, AP English Literature, US history, or a criminal justice class. If Just Mercy is a summer reading or independent reading choice, the test is appropriate for assessing students' knowledge of the book.

The test focuses on the claims and evidence of Stevenson as he details his life's work.

Adding Just Mercy to your curriculum provides equity and diverse voices to support anti-racist practices.

Included in the product is the answer key for the test.

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Do you need resources for Just Mercy?

Recommendation: This exceptionally well written and comprehensive set of study and discussion questions will assist your students in understanding the content, rhetoric, and author’s purpose. Click on the link below for the product.

Reading Comprehension Questions for Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson by TPT author, Color the Narrative.

Here is an additional resource to support your curricular needs Compassion and Just Mercy: Argument Practice

For more engaging resources and lessons for Language Arts, Social studies, and secondary teachers, please visit our website at Barraug Books & Curriculum

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Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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