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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 Jayjones bring home for the three girls to eat?
2. Why might the boys like D better than Neeka or the narrator?
3. Why does D obey her foster mother?
4. According to the narrator what kind of clothes does D wear?
5. Why is Tash in jail?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Jayjones, why is he known at school and what does he want to do with his life?
2. What does Neeka say to Jayjones when he tells her what happened to him at the park?
3. How do the narrator and Neeka feel about Tupac?
4. What does D say is the reason she loves Tupac and how do the narrator and Neeka feel about what she says?
5. What other children are in Neeka's family and how many of them are there?
6. What do the narrator and Neeka dream about when they listen to Tupac's music and how old are they?
7. What does Tupac's death make the narrator think about and what is the rest of the book about?
8. What does the narrator and her mother discuss from the newspaper in Chapter 6 and what do they decide?
9. What do the narrator and Neeka hear on the news about Tupac in Chapter 7 and how do the girls react? What does the narrator's mother say about it?
10. For whom is Albert named and why does the narrator question this choice?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
D reveals how she loves Tupac because she feels he knows what extreme hunger is like and what it is to go hungry because you don't have enough money. D's friends are shocked that D had such an impoverished upbringing. Neeka assures D that her mother will always have food for D, and D is grateful.
1. Why do you think in a country as rich as America there are still people who don't have enough to eat? Discuss your opinion in depth using examples from the book and your own life.
2. Given the fact that the narrator's mother works long hours to support them and where they live, why do you think the narrator and Neeka are shocked to find out about D's life? Discuss your opinion in depth using examples from the book and your own life.
3. Discuss in depth the following statement: Every human being has the right to enough food to eat.
Essay Topic 2
Mama is reading a newspaper article about the trial of Tupac, in which the rapper is accused of sexually abusing a young woman. Mama and the narrator agree that Tupac is innocent of the charges against him and that the judge and jury are being overly harsh because of racism and because of the "thug" lifestyle portrayed in Tupac's music.
1. Do you think in real life innocent people are convicted of crimes they have not done and sent to prison? Why or why not? Discuss your opinion in depth using examples from the book and your own life.
2. Discuss, in depth, with examples, why you think or do not think the court system is influenced by racism.
3. There have been a number of sexual abuse or rape charges against well known or wealthy men. With research, discuss your opinion as to whether wealthy or well known men are generally not convicted as often as ordinary citizens. Use examples from your research to support your opinion.
Essay Topic 3
The narrator has a reputation as a brainy nerd and the other kids tease her about her intelligence. The narrator is usually quiet and reserved and always has her nose in a book.
1. Why do you think an intelligent student would be teased by other students? Discuss the reasons in depth using examples from the book and your own life.
2. Do you think intelligent girls are teased more than boys? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
3. Quiet students who are always reading are more intelligent than than others. Defend or refute this statement in depth. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
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