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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's foster mother's name?

2. Why was Albert named as he was?

3. Why does D obey her foster mother?

4. What does Neeka think Jayjones should do?

5. What reputation does the narrator have?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Neeka's family do while visiting with Tash and what does Miss Irene say about his lawyer? What does Tash tell her?

2. What kind of offers does Jayjones receive from colleges and what does he decide to do and why?

3. What is D's history with foster homes?

4. How long has the narrator known Neeka and how did they meet D?

5. What did Tash do at church before he went to prison?

6. What shocks Neeka and the narrator while listening to music and preparing for Tash's welcome home party? What do they learn about D?

7. What does D say is the reason she loves Tupac and how do the narrator and Neeka feel about what she says?

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

9. What are D, the narrator, and Neeka doing in the opening of Chapter 1 and what is "Brenda's Got a Baby" about?

10. What do Neeka and the narrator do when they come home after being with D in Chapter 11?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

(see the answer keys)

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