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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. The poet writes in "1 for April," "I accept the ridicule in exchange for" what?

2. When did Tupac Shakur die?

3. When is the poem "From First Glance" dated?

4. The first line of "The Shining Star Within" states "Secrets R hidden within" what?

5. In "When Ure Heart Turns Cold," Shakur writes that "When your heart turns cold" it causes what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What yearning is described in the poem, "In the Depths of Solitude"?

2. How does Shakur describe Huey P. Newton in "Fallen Star"?

3. Who is the subject of "The Shining Star Within"? What does Shakur lament about this person?

4. How did Shakur feel about Vincent van Gogh?

5. Why does Shakur conclude that "Love is Just Complicated" in the poem with the same name?

6. What social problems does Shakur address in "How Can We Be Free"?

7. How did pride play a role in Shakur's life and suffering?

8. How are the opposite ends of love described in "A Love Unspoken"?

9. What wishes does Shakur have for Carmen in "Carmencita of the Bronx!"?

10. What meeting is described in "1 For April"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze "The Shining Star Within" and "Starry Night" and discuss the theme of the fallen star in the poems. How did Shakur relate to the artists?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Tupac Shakur's marriage and divorce. How does Shakur describe his wife in "1 for April," "Wife 4 Life," "Tears from a Star," and "March 1st--The Day After April"?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of ambition in "The Eternal Lament," "Only 4 the Righteous," and "What of Fame?" How does hope keep Shakur going despite obstacles?

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