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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 vision comes to the narrator's mind when he sees the elderly couple being evicted?
2. The narrator has learned that a person must approach the world with
3. What does the narrator notice at the funeral that he would like to exploit?
4. What assumption does Mary make regarding the source of the $100 given to her by the narrator?
5. What does the narrator purchase in Chapter 13 that reminds him of home?
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the irony of the figurine owned by Mary.
2. What was the narrator's real problem, and how has he settled it?
3. Explain the initial results of the narrator's strategy of "yessing" them to death.
4. In what way could the new shoes be symbolic?
5. Why is Ras' anger ironic?
6. What strikes the narrator as the profound truth about the riot?
7. What is the primary problem with the instructions given to the narrator to gather more members?
8. The narrator says that he has learned that the lack of surprise is a warning. What does he mean?
9. Why does Brother Jack defend the narrator at this point?
10. Identify several mistakes that the narrator makes in his first assigned speech in Harlem.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain why the Brotherhood chooses the narrator. What factors have made him particularly vulnerable to their approach? How do his own intentions change as he begins working with them?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
The Brotherhood is concerned about its own purposes and really has no interest in the issues of eviction of black people from their homes or in other racial issues in Harlem. Write an essay about the Brotherhood in which you locate and explain hints that they are using the narrator merely as a tool for their own purpose. What is their purpose? Why does the narrator fail to recognize it until too late to prevent a riot?
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