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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 the narrator wonder about Tupac and the song about Brenda?
2. What does D say to Neeka and the narrator when they meet and they ask about her family?
3. Who watches the three girls jump rope?
4. What does the narrator think Mama is thinking of when Mama looks sadly out the window?
5. According to the narrator what kind of clothes does D wear?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Neeka say to Jayjones when he tells her what happened to him at the park?
2. Who is Neeka's other brother and why do Neeka and the narrator dislike the homophobic rap songs? Where is this brother?
3. What does the narrator say about Tupac Shakur and getting shot in the prologue?
4. What other children are in Neeka's family and how many of them are there?
5. What does Neeka interrogate D about when they meet and why did D come to their street?
6. 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?
7. For whom is Albert named and why does the narrator question this choice?
8. What does D say looking at Tupac does to her?
9. Why does Jayjones arrive at the house breathless in Chapter 5?
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
Neeka's other brother is named Tash. The narrator calls him a "Queen" and a "sissy from day one", indicating he is a homosexual. Neeka and the narrator find the rampant homophobic lyrics in some rap songs hard to listen to, considering they love Tash.
1. What do you think are the causes of homophobia? Discuss your opinion in depth using examples from the book and your own life.
2. Tash causes his problems by being too open with his life style. He should act more masculine. Defend or refute this statement. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
3. Do you think discrimination against gays should be against the law? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
4. Do you think song writers should be able to say hateful things about a group of people, whether they are black or old or gay or female? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the following:
1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?
2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of After Tupac and D Foster, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?
3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
Tupac's shooting forced some to dismiss Tupac as a mere "gangster" who was a bad influence on black youth. The narrator saw him as a survivor and a hero. Even when Tupac was jailed and released an album from jail, the narrator admired him for his irrepressible spirit.
1. Why do you think the three girls see Tupac as a hero? Use examples from the book and your own opinion to support your answer.
2. Do you think the lyrics to music can be a bad influence on young people? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own opinion to support your answer.
3. Discuss, in your opinion, how the bill or rights which guarantees free speech applies to songs. Use examples from the book and your own opinion to support your answer.
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