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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 does Tash's recklessness get him in trouble?
2. What is one thing Jayjones says black people cannot do?
3. Who is Randall?
4. What does Sly convince Tash to do?
5. How does Randall resemble Tash?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the narrator feel about the amphitheater and what do the girls do on the stage?
2. What has D learned about her real mother and how does she feel about it?
3. What did Tash do at church before he went to prison?
4. How does Neeka's family enter the prison and how do they feel about the guards?
5. What does Neeka say she wants to do when she grows up?
6. In Chapter 11, what does D ask the narrator and Neeka if they want to do, what is their response?
7. What does the narrator's mother give her for her birthday?
8. What does Tash look like when he comes into the visitation area and how does he act?
9. How was Tash as far as dating and who did he fall for right before he went to prison, what was the man like and what did Tash convince himself about the man?
10. What does Neeka complain about on the way to the prison and what does she think she can do about it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
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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