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Research the experiences of recent teenage immigrants; if it is possible, conduct some interviews with foreign-born students. Compare and contrast their experiences with those of Phyllisia Cathay.

Police/neighborhood hostilities create the tension in the novel's setting. Develop a timeline showing major events in police-community relations in New York City. Write an essay discussing what has transpired over the years.

Rosa Guy describes herself as a storyteller, an important role in many Caribbean and African societies. Describe the traditional aspects of this role.

The Friends is set in Harlem during the riots of the l960s. Investigate the causes and the result of these riots.

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