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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. How does the vet react when Mr. Norton tries to explain his interest in the college?

2. Why does the narrator dump slush on a man's head?

3. How does the narrator's grandfather regard his own meekness?

4. What kind of speeches has the narrator given from the stage in the chapel?

5. The veteran doctor claims to have been beaten for what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jack become angry with the man who asks the narrator to sing a "spiritual"?

2. To what does Brother Tarp attribute the warning letter?

3. How does the narrator really feel about the gift of the chain from Brother Tarp?

4. Describe one of the roles played by Rinehart.

5. Explain the initial results of the narrator's strategy of "yessing" them to death.

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

7. What does Mary Rambo want the narrator to do?

8. What does the veteran at the Golden Day understand that the narrator does not?

9. What mistake does the veteran doctor predict the narrator will make?

10. What surprises the narrator upon his arrival in Harlem?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The African American people--at whatever geographic location they are found in the novel--seem to have little hope of a future that is equal to the whites in terms of wealth, status, education, or upward mobility. Whether they are in the north or the south, the forces that impede progress have much in common. For example, Norton requires a barely "post-slavery" recipient, that is, someone who needs the help he imagines he is giving, in order for his endeavors to have any meaning. Similarly, numerous philosophers have suggested that we need the poor and downtrodden among us in order to have a subject upon which to practice charity. Discuss several different ways in which this attitude is expressed in the novel. Show what this approach of using a particular group target upon which to practice an ideology accomplishes both for the subject group and for the "charitable" or practicing entity.

Essay Topic 2

In his last meeting with Hambro, the narrator is told that his own members--the blacks in Harlem--must be sacrificed for the good of the Brotherhood and that they will be making temporary alliances with other groups. Since the alliance with the blacks seems to have accomplished nothing for the blacks themselves, what was the purpose of the work in Harlem? Why did it fail? How did the alliance--if such it could be called--contribute to the riot?

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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