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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 the narrator's normal demeanor?
2. What does Tupac's death force the narrator to consider?
3. How does D feel about her mother?
4. In what movie does Tupac play a starring role?
5. In Chapter 1, to where does the narrator flashback?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Jayjones arrive at the house breathless in Chapter 5?
2. What does the narrator say about Tupac Shakur and getting shot in the prologue?
3. 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?
4. For whom is Albert named and why does the narrator question this choice?
5. What do the narrator and Neeka envy about D and what does Neeka ask D to bring the next time she comes?
6. What are the narrator and Neeka trying to teach the younger children and how does that end?
7. What does Tupac's death make the narrator think about and what is the rest of the book about?
8. What do the narrator and Neeka dream about when they listen to Tupac's music and how old are they?
9. How does D describe herself and why do Neeka and the narrator envy her? What does D envy about Neeka?
10. Who is Jayjones, why is he known at school and what does he want to do with his life?
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
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 3
The narrator doesn't know who her own father is, either. Mama expresses regret for the narrator not having a father. Some days Mama looks sadly out the window, and the narrator can tell she's thinking of what could have been.
1. Do you think most of the characters in this book regret something in their past? Discuss your opinion in depth using examples from the book.
2. How do you think not knowing her father has affected the narrator's life and her feelings about herself and others? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
3. Do you think dwelling on the past and what might have been can negatively impact the present? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
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