Final Test - Hard
|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why is the narrator hesitant about D's request?
2. How does Tash refer to himself?
3. Where do D, Neeka and the narrator get off the bus?
4. Why is Tash moved?
5. Who does Tash say he will repay?
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
There are a number of interesting questions raised by this book. Questions that most likely Butler wanted the readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the author's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Woodson's probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
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