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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. Who threatens to bash LaJoe's head in because she ignores his flirtations?
2. Why are LaJoe and Lafeyette waiting in a room at the detention center?
3. Why is Pharoah worried that even if he achieves a high school diploma, he will not be able to get out of the projects?
4. What does LaJoe witness that makes her put her foot down with Lafeyette?
5. Who is presiding over Terrence's trial for armed robbery?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do LaJoe and Lafeyette back off from trying to stop the beating of a man by some Horner gang members?
2. Describe the conflict between Lafeyette and Paul over the puppy Rickey gave him.
3. Why does Pharoah stay up all night on December 30th?
4. What improvements are made to the apartment in the summer of 1989?
5. What are the projects like in the winter?
6. What happens to Lafeyette and Pharoah in regard to their education?
7. Why does LaJoe's mother move out and how do the boys feel about her moving?
8. How does the judge make LaJoe feel after Lafeyette's hearing?
9. Describe Lafeyette's frame of mind at Craig's funeral.
10. What happens at the hearing in spite of Anne Rhodes' telling the judge she does not think Lafeyette is guilty?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay on the exploitation of children. Begin with the need for Lafeyette to grow old before his time. Expand that theme to child soldiers and sweatshop laborers. Discuss how and why this exploitation happens to children all over the world.
Essay Topic 2
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.
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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