Essay Topic 1
Trace Starr's dynamic character arc across the novel's narrative.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the novel's message concerning the power inherent in one's voice.
Essay Topic 3
Analyze the novel's motif of rap and R and B music and its connection to the novel's themes.
Essay Topic 4
Discuss the novel's message regarding the dichotomy between justice and safety.
Essay Topic 5
Analyze the novel's theme of compartmentalized identities.
Essay Topic 6
Compare and contrast the two characters of Maverick and Uncle Carlos. What qualities and viewpoints of society does each character represent?
Essay Topic 7
Analyze how Starr's experience of witnessing Khalil's death changes her view of her relationship with Chris. What is the author's purpose for including this shift in Starr's worldview?
Essay Topic 8
Why does the author craft Khalil's character as she does? How does the multifaceted quality of Khalil's character serve the purpose of her messaging?
Essay Topic 9
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