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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. In Chapter 4, what regret does the narrator's mother express?
2. In Chapter 1, what are the girls doing in the beginning of the chapter?
3. In what movie does Tupac play a starring role?
4. Where was Tupac's mother when she was pregnant with him?
5. Why have the narrator and Neeka not gone to visit D at her house?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Tash ask Jayjones and what does Tash say is the first thing he is going to do when he leaves prison?
2. What do the narrator and Neeka envy about D and what does Neeka ask D to bring the next time she comes?
3. What does Jayjones explain to the younger children about what blacks need to do to stay out of trouble?
4. Who is D's foster mother, what is she like, and why does D obey her?
5. For whom is Albert named and why does the narrator question this choice?
6. In Chapter 11, what does D ask the narrator and Neeka if they want to do, what is their response?
7. What is D's history with foster homes?
8. Where does D have the girls get off the bus and how do they feel about entering the place where she has brought them?
9. When does D come back and what happens when the girls begin to jump rope?
10. What does Jayjones tell the girls about him and Tupac?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Tupac's shooting forced some to dismiss Tupac as a mere "gangster" who was a bad influence on black youth. The narrator saw him as a survivor and a hero. Even when Tupac was jailed and released an album from jail, the narrator admired him for his irrepressible spirit.
1. Why do you think the three girls see Tupac as a hero? Use examples from the book and your own opinion to support your answer.
2. Do you think the lyrics to music can be a bad influence on young people? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own opinion to support your answer.
3. Discuss, in your opinion, how the bill or rights which guarantees free speech applies to songs. Use examples from the book and your own opinion to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?
2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?
3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?
4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.
5. What type of plot do you think After Tupac and D Foster is? Explain your response.
Essay Topic 3
D is a "throwaway child", and the system allows foster parents to take her on (for government payments) and then dispose of her at their will. Furthermore, the reader gets the sense that the court has erred in granting D's real mother custody, considering the mother's history of alcoholism and negligence.
1. What do you think are the major problems with the foster care system in the United States? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
2. Do you think the courts should have so much power over the lives of children and their parents? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
3. Discuss the mental and emotional impacts D's life situation might have on her in the long term. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
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