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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 is D allowed to do during the day?

2. Who watches the three girls jump rope?

3. What shocks D's friends?

4. What does Mama ask about D and her family?

5. How does the narrator feel when Jayjones tells her about pretty girls and eating?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Neeka's mother like, what is her name and how does she feel about D when she first meets D?

2. What does Tupac's death make the narrator think about and what is the rest of the book about?

3. How does D describe herself and why do Neeka and the narrator envy her? What does D envy about Neeka?

4. What does the narrator and her mother discuss from the newspaper in Chapter 6 and what do they decide?

5. Who is Neeka's other brother and why do Neeka and the narrator dislike the homophobic rap songs? Where is this brother?

6. How do the narrator and Neeka feel about Tupac?

7. What does D say looking at Tupac does to her?

8. For whom is Albert named and why does the narrator question this choice?

9. Who is D's foster mother, what is she like, and why does D obey her?

10. Who is Jayjones, why is he known at school and what does he want to do with his life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tupac's mother was in jail when she was pregnant with Tupac, arrested for being a member of the militant group the Black Panthers. The girls all admire the fact that Tupac loves his mother very much, despite some fights they have. D says looking at Tupac is like looking in the mirror, and that when he sings about his mother, it's like he's singing about D's real mother, whom she does not know.

1. What issues do you think are involved with women who are pregnant and in prison? Use examples from the book and your own opinion to support your answer.

2. D says looking at Tupac is like looking in the mirror, and that when he sings about his mother, it's like he's singing about D's real mother, whom she does not know. Discuss in detail what you think this statement means. Use examples from the book and your own opinion to support your answer.

3. The girls all admire the fact that Tupac loves his mother very much, despite some fights they have. Why do you think the girls believe Tupac loves his mother? Discuss the problem of a famous person's public face and his/her private face? Do you think they are different? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Jayjones arrives anxious and out of breath. He had been exercising in the park and a cop stopped him, presumably because he is black and the racist cop believed he was running from a crime. Jayjones believes a mere suit and a college education do not prevent pervasive racism.

1. Police officers stopping minorities more often than whites is called racial profiling. What measures do you think should be taken to prevent racial profiling? Discuss your opinion in depth using examples from the book and your own life.

2. What would you do if you were Jayjones and stopped by the police for no reason? Discuss your options in depth.

3. Do you think Jayjones is correct that a suit and college education does not stop racism? Why or why not? Discuss your opinion in depth using examples from the book and your own life.

Essay Topic 3

Neeka's other brother is named Tash. The narrator calls him a "Queen" and a "sissy from day one", indicating he is a homosexual. Neeka and the narrator find the rampant homophobic lyrics in some rap songs hard to listen to, considering they love Tash.

1. What do you think are the causes of homophobia? Discuss your opinion in depth using examples from the book and your own life.

2. Tash causes his problems by being too open with his life style. He should act more masculine. Defend or refute this statement. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think discrimination against gays should be against the law? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

4. Do you think song writers should be able to say hateful things about a group of people, whether they are black or old or gay or female? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

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