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Christopher Paul Curtis
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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. What is the creed of Buxton settlement?
(a) One working for others to be free.
(b) It only takes one.
(c) One free releases them all.
(d) One helping to uplift all.

2. Where does Flapjack spend all his time while Elijah fishes in chapter 3?
(a) The blackberry bushes.
(b) The water.
(c) The stable.
(d) Lying on the beach.

3. Who told Elijah that swearing was a mistake you can't take back?
(a) Mr. Brown.
(b) Mr. Travis.
(c) Mr. Leroy.
(d) Mr. Douglass.

4. What does Elijah tell the reader in chapter 5 his mother does not cook well?
(a) Cakes, pies, and cookies.
(b) Fish and vegetables.
(c) Beef and potatoes.
(d) Everything.

5. Who does Elijah's mother tell him dies a thousand deaths in chapter 1?
(a) Cowboys.
(b) Cowards.
(c) Politicians.
(d) Indians.

Short Answer Questions

1. For whom did Mr. Leroy build a house all by himself?

2. What does Elijah think smoking has done to Samuel's body as he watches him undress in chapter 9?

3. What does Elijah think in chapter 6 will happen to Mr. Travis after he teaches the students about a family breeding contest?

4. Why does Elijah's mother warn him not to stay out too late in chapter 5?

5. What is the point of view of this novel?

Short Essay Questions

1. What tragedy does Elijah describe from Mrs. Brown's recent past?

2. Why was MaWee replaced by a local white child in Madame Sabbar's act?

3. To whom does Elijah take a plate of fried fish in chapter 5?

4. To whom did the preacher try to sell Elijah? For what purpose?

5. What is important about the settlement of Buxton?

6. What does Elijah use as bait to catch his fish?

7. What does Mr. Travis teach besides general education? Why does this bother Elijah?

8. Why does Elijah divide his secret pond into two parts? What does he do there?

9. Who comes to live in Buxton at the end of chapter 10? For what reason?

10. Who is Samuel? How does Samuel perform for Elijah and the preacher?

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