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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 does the narrator say about D's mother?
2. What effect does Tupac's imprisonment have on him?
3. How does Tash refer to himself?
4. What does the narrator say is the loudest sound in the world?
5. What is it about the East Side train that makes the narrator and Neeka's family uneasy?
Short Essay Questions
1. What do Neeka and the narrator do when they come home after being with D in Chapter 11?
2. Where does D have the girls get off the bus and how do they feel about entering the place where she has brought them?
3. What did Tash do at church before he went to prison?
4. Where is D going to live and what do the friends vow?
5. What happens in May with the narrator and how does she feel about it?
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 Tash look like when he comes into the visitation area and how does he act?
8. What is D's history with foster homes?
9. In Chapter 11, what does D ask the narrator and Neeka if they want to do, what is their response?
10. Who was Tash's music teacher and what did he think of Tash's playing?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The narrator doesn't know who her own father is, either. Mama expresses regret for the narrator not having a father. Some days Mama looks sadly out the window, and the narrator can tell she's thinking of what could have been.
1. Do you think most of the characters in this book regret something in their past? Discuss your opinion in depth using examples from the book.
2. How do you think not knowing her father has affected the narrator's life and her feelings about herself and others? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
3. Do you think dwelling on the past and what might have been can negatively impact the present? Why or why not? Use examples from the book and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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.
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