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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 does Neeka think Jayjones should do?
2. What shocks D's friends?
3. Where was Tupac's mother when she was pregnant with him?
4. Of what is the rapper Tupac accused?
5. What does Mama ask about D and her family?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are D, the narrator, and Neeka doing in the opening of Chapter 1 and what is "Brenda's Got a Baby" about?
2. What are the narrator and Neeka trying to teach the younger children and how does that end?
3. How do the narrator and Neeka feel about Tupac?
4. Who is Jayjones, why is he known at school and what does he want to do with his life?
5. What does the narrator say about Tupac Shakur and getting shot in the prologue?
6. What does Jayjones tell the girls about him and Tupac?
7. How long has the narrator known Neeka and how did they meet D?
8. What does the narrator and her mother discuss from the newspaper in Chapter 6 and what do they decide?
9. What does Neeka interrogate D about when they meet and why did D come to their street?
10. When does D come back and what happens when the girls begin to jump rope?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
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.
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