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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. What does Coleman tell Iris of his family and their history?

2. How many days does Coleman wait before seeing Faunia after the incident with her husband stalking her?

3. What would happen if Coleman decided to do poorly in a few classes?

4. What does Coleman realize when he is trying to write his own story?

5. Who does Coleman go to in order to complain about Farley and his behavior?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Doc Chizner tell Coleman not to tell the Pitt coach when he is applying for a scholarship?

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

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

7. What does Coleman do after his father dies when he is a student at Howard?

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

9. What does the doctor offer to Coleman's family in return for the favor they request, though the Silks turn the offer down?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Coleman decides not to talk about his heritage in the face of his accusation, he is doing himself a disservice.

Part 1: What might have happened to Coleman had he actually stood up for himself during the accusations?

Part 2: Is it possible Coleman was trying to punish himself in some way for his lying? Why or why not?

Part 3: Do you think that Coleman wanted to destroy his life? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Race is a large part of this story, even when it isn't directly discussed. But race becomes the motivating force behind many decisions.

Part 1: How is race defined within this story by its characters?

Part 2: Is race only a matter of the color of one's skin? Why or why not?

Part 3: If you could change the way you look to others, would you? Would you present yourself as a different race? Why or why not?

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