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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. For what was Tupac known?
2. In Chapter 4, what regret does the narrator's mother express?
3. Who is Digital Underground?
4. What habit does the narrator pick up from D that her mother dislikes?
5. What is Neeka's second brother's name?`
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Neeka's other brother and why do Neeka and the narrator dislike the homophobic rap songs? Where is this brother?
2. 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?
3. What does the narrator say about Tupac Shakur and getting shot in the prologue?
4. What does Jayjones tell the girls about him and Tupac?
5. How long has the narrator known Neeka and how did they meet D?
6. What other children are in Neeka's family and how many of them are there?
7. What do the narrator and Neeka dream about when they listen to Tupac's music and how old are they?
8. Why does Jayjones arrive at the house breathless in Chapter 5?
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"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Miss Irene mildly objects to her son Tash's "fabulous" and outrageously effeminate behavior, wishing to spare her younger children from his influence. Tash only wishes to be who is he is and not hide. This creates a moment of tension in the narrative. But in the end, Miss Irene's love for her son overcomes her objections. Tash's injustice is borne more from homophobia than racism, providing another dimension to the discussion of discrimination.
1. Do you think Tash's behavior influences his younger brothers and sister? Why or why not? Use examples from After Tupac and D Foster to illustrate and support your answer.
2. Discuss your agreement with one of the following statements, using examples from the book to support your discussion:
Tash behaving as he does indicates he is emotionally and mentally healthy for accepting himself as he is.
Tash behaving as he does is inconsiderate of his mother's feelings and a negative example for his younger siblings.
3. Discuss the mental and emotional effects on a person who has to hide who he/she is. Use examples from After Tupac and D Foster to illustrate and support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:
1. Fully explain why you think After Tupac and D Foster is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?
2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.
3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.
4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?
Essay Topic 3
Jayjones, who is Neeka's older brother, is a star basketball player at Grady High School. He aspires to play professional basketball.
1. Do you think Jayjones is wise to pin all his hopes on being drafted for pro ball? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
2. School athletes often have low grades because they spend too much time on sports. Defend or refute this statement in depth. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
3. High schools and colleges should require academic excellence from all athletes in case the athlete is unable to earn a living in his/her chosen sport. Defend or refute this statement in depth. Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
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