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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who harasses and beats Mr. Vercueil one day?
(a) Bheki and another boy.
(b) Florence.
(c) Bheki and two other white boys.
(d) The narrator.

2. What does Vercueil say caused the shouting man's condition?
(a) Alzheimer's disease.
(b) Drug withdrawal.
(c) Alcohol withdrawal.
(d) End stage cancer.

3. What does the narrator ask her housekeeper to do after speaking with the police?
(a) To go home.
(b) To go rent a good movie.
(c) To send Bheki's friend home.
(d) To prepare cocoa for everyone.

4. Who tries to intervene when Mr. Vercueil is being beaten?
(a) The narrator.
(b) Florence.
(c) The police.
(d) Concerned neighbors.

5. What was the narrator's profession before retiring?
(a) Police officer.
(b) College professor.
(c) Housewife.
(d) Dock worker.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long does the man work before being paid by the narrator?

2. Where is the person the narrator finds at the start of Part One?

3. What does Mr. Vercueil do after being beaten?

4. What does the narrator spend the day doing according to page 15?

5. What does the narrator bring the person that lives near her house the morning after his return?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the homeless man do when the narrator brings him coffee?

2. What does the narrator say to the homeless man about her family?

3. What does the narrator do when her car won't start according to Part One, pg. 15-33?

4. What does the homeless men decline after answering questions about his birthplace?

5. What is the aged woman diagnosed with at the start of Part One, pg. 3-15?

6. What did the police do to Bheki and his friend?

7. What is unique about the aged woman's views on the apartheid system?

8. What happens when the narrator leaves to go shopping?

9. Who enters the house at the start of Part Two, pg. 56-86?

10. What did Mr. Vercueil do with more access to money?

(see the answer keys)

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