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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. How does Lafeyette cope with his stress?
2. Why are LaJoe and Lafeyette waiting in a room at the detention center?
3. A week after Craig's funeral, what weather condition takes place?
4. What does LaJoe pin on her sweatshirt and wear for the rest of the day?
5. Why does Pharoah dress up one spring morning?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the unfortunate coincidence involving Craig Davis and the police?
2. What is it about public defender Anne Rhodes that Lafeyette does not understand?
3. How do Pharoah and Lafeyette happen to run into Rickey on their way for a treat?
4. What hope is inspired in Pharoah as a result of his inclusion in the Upward Bound program at the University of Illinois?
5. Why do LaJoe and Lafeyette back off from trying to stop the beating of a man by some Horner gang members?
6. What are Lafeyette's nightmares like?
7. How does Pharoah react to his visit to the courtroom?
8. Why is Lafeyette put in charge of the children and what is his behavior like?
9. What does Gwen Anderson tell the CHA about the basement?
10. When Pharoah and Porkchop go to visit Dawn, what is her condition?
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
Twenty years after the events in 1989 involving Pharoah and his drive for an education, America elected its first African-American President who, interestingly, got his first job working in the Chicago housing projects. Write an essay about how young people like Pharoah began seeing greater opportunities during the last two decades.
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay on the causes of gangs and gang violence. What are the circumstances that cause young people to join gangs and subject themselves to gang authority? If gang authority is accepted, what are the reasons for rebelling against the authority of schools, the police, and the adult family members? Go deeper into the causes than just rebellion. Discuss things like personal safety, a need to belong, and a need to communicate.
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