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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. For how long is Tupac sentenced?
3. Who is Daneeka Lucy Jones?
4. Who is Randall?
5. What does the narrator endure in order to get to where they are going?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is D's history with foster homes?
2. What does Neeka complain about on the way to the prison and what does she think she can do about it?
3. What do Neeka and the narrator do when they come home after being with D in Chapter 11?
4. What did Tash do at church before he went to prison?
5. Where does D have the girls get off the bus and how do they feel about entering the place where she has brought them?
6. What does Jayjones explain to the younger children about what blacks need to do to stay out of trouble?
7. How does the narrator feel about the amphitheater and what do the girls do on the stage?
8. What shocks Neeka and the narrator while listening to music and preparing for Tash's welcome home party? What do they learn about D?
9. What has D learned about her real mother and how does she feel about it?
10. In Chapter 11, what does D ask the narrator and Neeka if they want to do, what is their response?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
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
Discuss the following:
1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?
2. Analyze and discuss After Tupac and D Foster based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if After Tupac and D Foster is a successful novel.
3. Do you think the fact that After Tupac and D Foster is a youth book changes the criteria upon which its success should be judged? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:
1. Compare/contrast the characters of the narrator and Neeka. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How do those support each other in their friendship? Be specific and give examples.
2. Compare/contrast the characters of the narrator and D. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? What are their strengths and weaknesses? How do those support each other in their friendship? Be specific and give examples.
3. Thoroughly analyze how three of the secondary characters in After Tupac and D Foster how do they drive the plot and what are their contribution is to the storyline. Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary? Indispensable? Which of the secondary characters are likable? Which are either unlikable or even despicable? Be specific and give examples.
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