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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 is the narrator's preparations for the evening with Sybil ironic?
2. How does the narrator react to the dolls that are being sold by Clifton?
3. For whom does the Brotherhood claim to work?
4. What do the elderly couple want to do that the marshals deny them?
5. Of what do the men in the bar in Chapter 20 accuse the narrator?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe one of the roles played by Rinehart.
2. What is the significance of the black thread that controls the dancing doll?
3. What puzzling irony does the narrator tell us about the human race?
4. Why do Dupre and his men choose a particular building to burn?
5. What epiphany has the narrator experienced regarding his race?
6. Explain why the "woman question" is typical of the Brotherhood's approach to issues.
7. In what way could the new shoes be symbolic?
8. What is the narrator's intention in speaking up for the black couple who have been evicted?
9. Identify several mistakes that the narrator makes in his first assigned speech in Harlem.
10. What strikes the narrator as the profound truth about the riot?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Several times the narrator recalls his grandfather's dying words. Discuss the situations in which the narrator recalls his grandfather, showing how he reacts to those memories upon different occasions.
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
Discuss the use of white vs black and dark vs light throughout the novel. How are these contrasting concepts used in unexpected ways?
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