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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. Why doesn't LaJoe take Lafeyette downtown to see the holiday window decorations?
2. What is the rumor going around the projects?
3. After placing second behind Clarise, what really makes Pharoah happy?
4. How does LaJoe see to it that the children have a good Christmas?
5. What is happening outside when Lafeyette doesn't move off the couch and continues to calmly watch television?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Pharoah prepare for the next spelling bee?
2. Describe Lafeyette's frame of mind at Craig's funeral.
3. What are Lafeyette's nightmares like?
4. Describe Lafeyette's brush with the law that gets him arrested.
5. What is the unfortunate coincidence involving Craig Davis and the police?
6. What happens at the hearing in spite of Anne Rhodes' telling the judge she does not think Lafeyette is guilty?
7. What happens to Lafeyette and Pharoah in regard to their education?
8. Why does LaJoe's mother move out and how do the boys feel about her moving?
9. When Pharoah and Porkchop go to visit Dawn, what is her condition?
10. What improvements are made to the apartment in the summer of 1989?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write a critique of THERE ARE NO CHILDREN HERE. Discuss such things as the objectivity of the author, the examples he uses in the book, and what you think his purpose was in writing the book. Be sure to include your evaluation of the value in reading the book.
Essay Topic 2
Using LaJoe, Dawn, and LaShawn as examples, write a paper on the problem of teenage pregnancy. Discuss why it happens and why efforts to prevent teen pregnancies have not been all that successful. Discuss the other problems these young women face after their first child is born. Give your ideas of how the problem might be addressed.
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay on the disparity between the "haves" and the "have nots" of the world. Express what you see as the responsibility of those with affluence toward those who live in desperation. Give some suggestions of how the disparity might be alleviated.
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