Essay Topic 1
Personal identity was one of the main themes in this book. Where did this theme appear, and how did its inclusion in the novel shape the course of the plot?
Essay Topic 2
Gangs were a very prevalent theme in this book. How did this theme affect the main characters?
Essay Topic 3
Tito and Jamal are two very similar people, and yet they have some very notable and important differences. Using the text to cite some support, write a compare/contrast essay about these two characters.
Essay Topic 4
Diversity was a major theme in this book as many different life-styles involved. How was this theme shown in this book, and why do you think the author felt it was so important?
Essay Topic 5
Jamal saw the men in his life making his mother cry, and promised himself to never do the same thing. How did Jamal go...
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