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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 the man in Emerson's office imply after reading the letter given him by the narrator?

2. What, ironically, makes the narrator's white bosses distrustful of him?

3. Where does the narrator find himself in chapter 11?

4. According to the vet, who controls "things"?

5. What was the topic of the narrator's graduation day speech?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Dr. Bledsoe.

2. Explain the irony of the sign "Keep American Pure with Liberty Paints."

3. Why do the people at the Men's House treat him with hostility?

4. Why was the narrator doomed to fail at the paint factory?

5. What is the objective of Rev. Barbee's sermon?

6. What does the narrator expect from his visit with Mr. Bates?

7. What does Dr. Bledsoe mean by "acting the nigger."

8. In what way, according to the veteran, is the narrator likely to become a casualty?

9. Why is Harlem a particularly appropriate setting for the novel?

10. Why does the trip to the Trueblood house make the narrator feel uncomfortable?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Early in the novel, the graduating black boys are deliberately used as cruel sport for the white men at a club. Norton is at the club with all the other white men. Norton does not care about the black boys any more than anyone else does. Therefore, what is his purpose at the college? Explain the things that Mr. Norton and Brother Jack have in common.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the symbolism of the following items: the figurine bank, the dark glasses, the briefcase, the dancing dolls, the piece of chain.

Essay Topic 3

Early in the novel, the narrator endures a non-surgical pre-frontal lobotomy that is supposed to erase his memories, make him a more pliable worker, and prevent him from bringing charges against the factory. He does change after the experience, but not exactly in the way usually expected of a lobotomy. Discuss the changes that begin taking place. What changes are permanent? What changes seem to occur gradually? Do they make the narrator a better man?

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