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

2. The best time Faunia and Lester had together was when they were arguing and ended up _____________.

3. Coleman is a __________ skinned Jew, according to his own description.

4. Who began molesting Faunia after her mother got remarried?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Mr. Silk believe is the most important thing in life, especially for a black man?

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

10. How does Coleman reveal his family secret to the woman he loves while he's in college?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the end, the dialogue between Nathan and Les talks about having a secret place where someone can go without being disturbed.

Part 1: Why do you think it's important to Les that he have a secret spot?

Part 2: What does Les' need for a secret spot have to say about him as a person?

Part 3: Do you think Les was the killer behind the murders of Faunia and Coleman? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

It's interesting that the story includes a modern day reference to the Bill Clinton scandal, as it mirrors other events in the story as well.

Part 1: Why do you think the author decided to include the reference to the Bill Clinton scandal?

Part 2: Do you think Clinton's situation and Coleman's situation are similar? Why or why not?

Part 3: What do you think the novel has to say about affairs between older men and younger women?

Essay Topic 3

The children in Coleman's family seem to side with everyone else besides their father.

Part 1: Why do you think Coleman's children were so distant from him in the end?

Part 2: Do you think the choice of the funeral at the college chapel was also an attempt to hide their father's true identity? Why or why not?

Part 3: If you were one of Coleman's children, would you be upset with him? Why or why not?

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