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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. How did Jayjones get his nickname?
2. How do the narrator and Neeka feel about D?
3. About what is the newspaper article that Mama is reading?
4. According to the narrator what kind of clothes does D wear?
5. What do Neeka and the narrator decide?
Short Essay Questions
1. What news about Tupac does Jayjones bring and what do the girls do when he tells them?
2. How do the narrator and Neeka feel about Tupac?
3. Why does Jayjones arrive at the house breathless in Chapter 5?
4. For whom is Albert named and why does the narrator question this choice?
5. What does Neeka say to Jayjones when he tells her what happened to him at the park?
6. What does Neeka say she wants to do when she grows up?
7. What kind of offers does Jayjones receive from colleges and what does he decide to do and why?
8. What does the narrator's mother give her for her birthday?
9. What did Sly and a friend of his do to Tash and Randall?
10. How does Miss Irene react to the photographer in Chapter 15?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Questions that most likely Butler wanted the readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Woodson's probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
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
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.
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