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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 do the narrator and Neeka know each other?

2. Why was Albert named as he was?

3. Who arrives with swollen eyes from crying?

4. Why do Neeka and the narrator quit what they are doing?

5. What is the narrator's normal demeanor?

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 Neeka say to Jayjones when he tells her what happened to him at the park?

3. What does the narrator say about Tupac Shakur and getting shot in the prologue?

4. How long has the narrator known Neeka and how did they meet D?

5. What does D say looking at Tupac does to her?

6. What do the narrator and Neeka dream about when they listen to Tupac's music and how old are they?

7. For whom is Albert named and why does the narrator question this choice?

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

9. What do the narrator and Neeka hear on the news about Tupac in Chapter 7 and how do the girls react? What does the narrator's mother say about it?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The narrator has a reputation as a brainy nerd and the other kids tease her about her intelligence. The narrator is usually quiet and reserved and always has her nose in a book.

1. Why do you think an intelligent student would be teased by other students? Discuss the reasons in depth using examples from the book and your own life.

2. Do you think intelligent girls are teased more than boys? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

3. Quiet students who are always reading are more intelligent than than others. Defend or refute this statement in depth. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.

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