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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. On what day are Neeka and the narrator outside?
2. What do Neeka and the narrator decide?
3. How do the narrator and Neeka feel about D?
4. Why might the boys like D better than Neeka or the narrator?
5. What does Jayjones tell D about pretty girls and eating?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Neeka interrogate D about when they meet and why did D come to their street?
2. How does D describe herself and why do Neeka and the narrator envy her? What does D envy about Neeka?
3. What do the narrator and Neeka dream about when they listen to Tupac's music and how old are they?
4. What does D say is the reason she loves Tupac and how do the narrator and Neeka feel about what she says?
5. Who is Neeka's other brother and why do Neeka and the narrator dislike the homophobic rap songs? Where is this brother?
6. For whom is Albert named and why does the narrator question this choice?
7. How do the narrator and Neeka feel about Tupac?
8. What does the narrator's mother question her about concerning D, what is the narrator's response and then her mother's response to the narrator's answer?
9. What other children are in Neeka's family and how many of them are there?
10. What does the narrator think about Tupac and the song "Brenda's Got a Baby"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
It is clear the girls love Tupac because he "speaks their language." He speaks about issues that affect them or people they know, such as racism, poverty, teen pregnancy, and the complicated nature of the relationship between mother and child.
1. This book takes place in the middle 1990's. Do you think racism is still a big issue in America at that time? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own opinion to support your answer.
2. Discuss the correlation between poverty and teen pregnancy. This may require research. Use examples from the book and your own opinion to support your answer.
3. Why do you think the relationship between a mother and her child or children is complicated? 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
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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