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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Coleman feel he can be himself around when he is dating her?

2. What does Iris seem to believe about Coleman's heritage, just as so many others in his life have assumed?

3. What does Ellie point out to Coleman when he reveals his racial heritage with her?

4. How does Coleman Silk enlist when he signs up for the military branch he does?

5. What kind of Jew is Iris' father according to the book's description of her family?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the lawyer tell Coleman in regards to the restraining order against Farley?

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

3. Why were Iris' parents never officially married, though they conceived and raised Iris as their daughter?

4. Describe Iris' health on the day that she died, according to the book's description.

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

6. What did Coleman do on the day he went to the funeral parlor to make arrangements for a funeral?

7. What did the nice letter that Coleman found in his personal belongings say?

8. What does Coleman want to do with his life at first when he is out of the military and back in New York?

9. What does Ellie do when Coleman reveals to her his racial background?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of the professor having an affair of sorts with the illiterate janitor is a little bit contrived, some would say.

Part 1: Do you think a professor and a janitor would realistically have an affair with each other? Why or why not?

Part 2: Why do you think Faunia and Coleman are attracted to each other?

Part 3: Do you think that Faunia and Coleman would have had a shot at being together? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Coleman's determination to live a life the way he wanted to live it had effects on everyone, even if that wasn't his intention.

Part 1: Why do you think Coleman was all right with the idea that his family basically disowned him?

Part 2: Why do you think that Coleman decided to choose to be white instead of black?

Part 3: How do you think Coleman's friends would have reacted had they known he was part black?

Essay Topic 3

One's history is often the driving force in one's present day actions and decisions.

Part 1: Do you think Coleman is driven by his past? Why or why not?

Part 2: Do you think Les is somehow driven by his past? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think the past should influence decision making? Why or why not?

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