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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. Where do the girls make snow angels?
2. How does the narrator describe the prison guards?
3. Why does Jayjones think black people have been falsely imprisoned?
4. What is one thing Jayjones says black people cannot do?
5. Why does Randall not tell his side of the story?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jayjones explain to the younger children about what blacks need to do to stay out of trouble?
2. What did Sly and a friend of his do to Tash and Randall?
3. What is D's history with foster homes?
4. Where does D have the girls get off the bus and how do they feel about entering the place where she has brought them?
5. What does Neeka say she wants to do when she grows up?
6. What does Tash ask Jayjones and what does Tash say is the first thing he is going to do when he leaves prison?
7. What does Neeka's family do while visiting with Tash and what does Miss Irene say about his lawyer? What does Tash tell her?
8. What happens in May with the narrator and how does she feel about it?
9. What does the narrator's mother give her for her birthday?
10. What does Tash look like when he comes into the visitation area and how does he act?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?
2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?
3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?
4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.
5. What type of plot do you think After Tupac and D Foster is? Explain your response.
Essay Topic 2
It is clear the girls love Tupac because he "speaks their language." He speaks about issues that affect them or people they know, such as racism, poverty, teen pregnancy, and the complicated nature of the relationship between mother and child.
1. This book takes place in the middle 1990's. Do you think racism is still a big issue in America at that time? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own opinion to support your answer.
2. Discuss the correlation between poverty and teen pregnancy. This may require research. Use examples from the book and your own opinion to support your answer.
3. Why do you think the relationship between a mother and her child or children is complicated? Use examples from the book and your own opinion to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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