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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. In Chapter 3, where was one woman arrested for drunk driving?

2. What birthdate was on Shakur's FBI Wanted Poster?

3. When Shakur was at Riker's in Chapter 9, how long was she left in a room with a woman with tuberculosis?

4. At what time of day was Shakur's daughter born?

5. In Chapter 10, what was the name of Shakur's girlfriend who considered herself to be an intellectual?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why were the women at Riker's Island surprised by Shakur's appearance?

2. What type of treatment did Shakur receive when she was hospitalized at the beginning of Chapter 9?

3. Where was Shakur taken for incarceration in Chapter 5, and how did she describe what she saw as they drove in?

4. Where did Shakur move with her mother and sister in Chapter 6, and what did it look like?

5. What indictments were outstanding for Shakur in Chapter 5?

6. What did Miss Shirley look like when Shakur first met her?

7. In Chapter 10, what job did Evelyn help Shakur get and how did Shakur describe the job?

8. How did people live on 84th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus in Chapter 8?

9. In Chapter 3, why did Mrs. Butterworth say that Shakur could not come out of her cell?

10. In Chapter 10, why did Shakur's patience grow thin the longer she worked at various offices?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

During one trial, a bank manager testified that Shakur was not the woman who robbed his bank. How and why were various Black revolutionaries, like Shakur framed for crimes they did not commit?

Essay Topic 2

During the preliminaries for the New Jersey trial, Shakur was frustrated by the jury selection. Why was Shakur frustrated by the jury selection, and why did the process make her want to give up on the trial?

Essay Topic 3

Both Shakur and her mother had broken marriages. What factors put undue pressure on married Blacks, and how did those pressures cause marriages to fail?

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