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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 makes the narrator jealous of D?

2. What does the narrator wonder about Tupac and the song about Brenda?

3. Why was Albert named as he was?

4. What did Tupac do while he was in jail?

5. On what day are Neeka and the narrator outside?

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

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

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

5. What does Jayjones tell the girls about him and Tupac?

6. What are the narrator and Neeka trying to teach the younger children and how does that end?

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

8. What other children are in Neeka's family and how many of them are there?

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

10. What does the narrator think about Tupac and the song "Brenda's Got a Baby"?

Essay Topics

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

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

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?

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