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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 is D's foster mother's name?
2. Why was Albert named as he was?
3. Why does D obey her foster mother?
4. What does Neeka think Jayjones should do?
5. What reputation does the narrator have?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Neeka's family do while visiting with Tash and what does Miss Irene say about his lawyer? What does Tash tell her?
2. What kind of offers does Jayjones receive from colleges and what does he decide to do and why?
3. What is D's history with foster homes?
4. How long has the narrator known Neeka and how did they meet D?
5. What did Tash do at church before he went to prison?
6. What shocks Neeka and the narrator while listening to music and preparing for Tash's welcome home party? What do they learn about D?
7. What does D say is the reason she loves Tupac and how do the narrator and Neeka feel about what she says?
8. Who is D's foster mother, what is she like, and why does D obey her?
9. What are D, the narrator, and Neeka doing in the opening of Chapter 1 and what is "Brenda's Got a Baby" about?
10. What do Neeka and the narrator do when they come home after being with D in Chapter 11?
Essay Topic 1
Chapter eleven is perhaps the most important chapter in the book. Its central event involves the three girls disobeying their mothers' orders not to leave the block. This act is literally and figuratively evidence of maturation. The maturation culminates in a personal transformation Neeka and the narrator feel when they are on the stage of the amphitheater. They announce "We're here!" as if proclaiming their entrance into adulthood. Examining the symbolism of the setting, the girls have finally gone from mere onlookers in life to the doers, the actors, on stage.
1. Discuss, in depth, the symbolism in the scene from the amphitheater. Use examples from After Tupac and D Foster to illustrate and support your answer.
2. Why do you think the narrator and Neeka disobeying their mothers might be evidence of maturation? Students may consider the act of baby birds flying from the nest. Use examples from After Tupac and D Foster to illustrate and support your answer.
3. Why do you think the narrator said she felt "whole" for the first time when the girls were at the amphitheater? Use examples from After Tupac and D Foster to illustrate and support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Mama is reading a newspaper article about the trial of Tupac, in which the rapper is accused of sexually abusing a young woman. Mama and the narrator agree that Tupac is innocent of the charges against him and that the judge and jury are being overly harsh because of racism and because of the "thug" lifestyle portrayed in Tupac's music.
1. Do you think in real life innocent people are convicted of crimes they have not done and sent to prison? Why or why not? Discuss your opinion in depth using examples from the book and your own life.
2. Discuss, in depth, with examples, why you think or do not think the court system is influenced by racism.
3. There have been a number of sexual abuse or rape charges against well known or wealthy men. With research, discuss your opinion as to whether wealthy or well known men are generally not convicted as often as ordinary citizens. Use examples from your research to support your opinion.
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