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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 does Coleman Silk want to pen his story about the accusations at the school?
(a) Delphine.
(b) Iris.
(c) Nathan.
(d) Faunia.

2. What kind of school did Coleman's father attend which led to his owning his own shop?
(a) Watchmaking.
(b) Optician.
(c) Medical.
(d) Mechanic.

3. At what college did Coleman Silk teach before his hasty departure from the college?
(a) Yale.
(b) Harvard College.
(c) Athena College.
(d) Boston University.

4. Coleman and Iris married more out of convenience and companionship than out of _________.
(a) Passion.
(b) Legality.
(c) Necessity.
(d) Desire.

5. How does Coleman Silk enlist when he signs up for the military branch he does?
(a) As a gay man.
(b) As a black man.
(c) As a mixed race man.
(d) As a white man.

Short Answer Questions

1. What ended up bringing Iris and Coleman closer together during their marriage?

2. What did Coleman Silk do first as a boy when he went to Newark Boys Club in his neighborhood?

3. What happened to Nathan that caused him to live a life of celibacy?

4. What did Coleman recognize in the words as he was trying to write his story without any help?

5. What does Coleman sign on to buy from the farm in order to see Faunia every week?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Coleman's religious background and why is this an important detail to note?

2. How does Coleman reveal to Iris his racial background when they are getting married?

3. What is the current and past status of Coleman Silk's employment in this novel?

4. What is the problem with Nathan's health which has changed him forever?

5. What makes Iris a strong woman, according to the descriptions in the book?

6. Why does Coleman go to the lawyer the next day after seeing Farley?

7. What happened during the course of the investigation into Coleman Silk's accusations?

8. What happened on the day that Nathan found Coleman in only his shorts?

9. Why did Coleman and Iris marry if they were complete opposites without passion for each other?

10. What does Coleman Silk confess to his neighbor when he is 71 years of age?

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