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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. When does Robby show up in Laramie?
(a) July 1977.
(b) April 1976.
(c) November 1976.
(d) November 1975.

2. What does John say he does not like about the visit?
(a) The bureaucratic hassles.
(b) That it seems normal to visit a relative in prison.
(c) The guards' indifference to them.
(d) That they are more free than Robby even while they are there.

3. How does John say he tries to treat the prisoners?
(a) As machines.
(b) As people.
(c) As objects.
(d) As dangerous animals.

4. How does John say the prisoners view children?
(a) As objects of exchange.
(b) As bright distractions.
(c) As sexual objects.
(d) As religious objects.

5. What bothered John most about arguing with the white student?
(a) The white kid knew more than he did.
(b) The white kid threw his blackness in his face.
(c) It was clear that it didn't matter who was most knowledgeable.
(d) Nothing John said could convince the kid he was right.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does John say he argued about in college?

2. What does John notice about the prisoners?

3. How does John say he and his children and Robby act during their visit?

4. How does John measure Robby's growth?

5. What does John say freedom is related to?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does John treat the prisoners?

2. Describe the style and format of 'Brothers and Keepers'.

3. In what way is John on the run as much as Robby is?

4. What does John say Jamila knows of Robby?

5. How does John characterize the waiting room?

6. Describe the geography of "Brothers and Keepers".

7. Describe John's visit with Robby.

8. How does John say he and his family act when they get to the penitentiary?

9. How are Jamila and Robby related in John's mind?

10. How does John characterize the prisoners?

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