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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. How do the narrator and Neeka know each other?
3. How many children are in Neeka's family?
4. What does D think one needs to find in life?
5. Of what is the rapper Tupac accused?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does D say looking at Tupac does to her?
2. When does D come back and what happens when the girls begin to jump rope?
3. 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?
4. What does D say is the reason she loves Tupac and how do the narrator and Neeka feel about what she says?
5. How long has the narrator known Neeka and how did they meet D?
6. What are D, the narrator, and Neeka doing in the opening of Chapter 1 and what is "Brenda's Got a Baby" about?
7. What other children are in Neeka's family and how many of them are there?
8. What does Neeka say to Jayjones when he tells her what happened to him at the park?
9. What does Jayjones bring home for the girls to eat and what does he say to D about the food?
10. For whom is Albert named and why does the narrator question this choice?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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