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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Ava feel about keeping Imani by herself?
2. What does Eddie want Joyce to do?
3. What do Eddie, Joyce and Ava do to ensure Imani's safety when with her mother?
4. Why did black people first start coming to Idlewild?
5. What did the letter Joyce received from the state say?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Being diagnosed HIV positive has hastened Ava's enlightenment and sense of urgency to make the most of her life, and this comes through in the tone and style created by the author.
1. What do you think is meant by this statement? Use examples from the book to support your answer.
2. What would you do if you were in Ava's situation? Use examples from the book and your life to illustrate your answer.
3. Do you think a diagnosis like Ava's is the only way people can learn to live witha sense of urgency? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Eddie succumbed to the lowest depths of the drug and street lifestyle and ended up committing murder, for which he paid with ten years of his life. Fortunately, Eddie had found redemption after adversity, though there is also a sense that Eddie still walks a fine line to maintain his forward focus.
1. What do you think is meant by redemption after adversity? Use examples from the book to support your answer.
2. Why do you think Eddie still walks a fine line to maintain his forward focus? Use examples from the book to support your answer.
3. Why do you think people like Eddie decide to change and are able to do so? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Time has also taken its toll on the lives of those closest to Ava, and we learn of the difficulties suffered by Joyce, Joyce and Ava's mother, Eddie and even Ava herself. Their stories are different, but the theme of success in spite of adversity is starting to emerge through the glimpses of character that the author reveals in these early chapters.
1. What do you think is meant by this statement? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
2. Do you think adversity can make a person try harder to be successful? Why or why not?
3. Do you think Ava, Joyce and Eddie's lives are any more difficult than most people's? Why or why not?
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