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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 narrator purchase after the confrontation with Ras?
2. Why is the narrator unable to see his audience when he gives his speech at the arena?
3. Who is Rinehart?
4. The narrator wants to learn everything he can about the Brotherhood in order to
5. What kind of day is it on the day of Clifton's funeral?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the narrator's intention in speaking up for the black couple who have been evicted?
2. Why does Jack become angry with the man who asks the narrator to sing a "spiritual"?
3. Why do Dupre and his men choose a particular building to burn?
4. What epiphany has the narrator experienced regarding his race?
5. What puzzling irony does the narrator tell us about the human race?
6. What is the significance of the black thread that controls the dancing doll?
7. What is meant by "white fever"?
8. Describe one of the roles played by Rinehart.
9. Why does Brother Jack defend the narrator at this point?
10. How does Emma's conversation create a sense of foreboding?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Music or singing occur several times in the novel and the narrator himself refers to Armstrong. Explain how music contributes to the overall plot of the novel. Consider not only the narrator's private thoughts about music, but also the music in the chapel in Chapter 2, the music at the Brotherhood party, the man singing at Clifton's funeral, and others.
Essay Topic 2
Compare/contrast the leaders of the Brotherhood with Dr. Bledsoe and Mr. Norton. How does each group accomplish or fail to accomplish their ultimate goals?
Essay Topic 3
What is illusion? Can illusion be imposed upon a person without his consent? Can illusion be chosen so effectively that a person believes his own fancies? Discuss which characters are choosing to be deluded. Is the delusion helping or hurting their cause?
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