|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the rumor going around the projects?
2. What is the subject of the poem Craig had written that haunts Lafeyette?
3. What is LaJoe able at last to make?
4. When are the projects stifling hot?
5. What is Lafeyette beginning to look like at the age of thriteen?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is it about public defender Anne Rhodes that Lafeyette does not understand?
2. What happens at the hearing in spite of Anne Rhodes' telling the judge she does not think Lafeyette is guilty?
3. What happens to Lafeyette and Pharoah in regard to their education?
4. Describe what Pharoah sees as the boys are eating their food outside the Main Street hot dog stand.
5. What does Gwen Anderson tell the CHA about the basement?
6. How does Pharoah react to his visit to the courtroom?
7. Describe the conflict between Lafeyette and Paul over the puppy Rickey gave him.
8. How does LaJoe remember the day Terrence was sentenced since Terrence had requested that she not come to court that day?
9. Why is Lafeyette put in charge of the children and what is his behavior like?
10. How does the judge make LaJoe feel after Lafeyette's hearing?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Using Jimmie Lee as an example, write an essay on America's prison system. Discuss how incarceration more often than not turns out hardened criminals who earn their rank while in prison. Give your suggestions of how the prison system might be improved so that inmates are really rehabilitated.
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 social welfare systems in America. Give a balanced view, expressing the ways in which it certainly has helped a number of people. On the other hand, mention its inadequacies and offer suggestions about how it might be improved.
This section contains 1,106 words
(approx. 4 pages at 300 words per page)