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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. With what animal does the narrator compare Brother Jack?
2. The narrator has learned that a person must approach the world with
3. What does the figurine symbolize?
4. When has the narrator made most of his mistakes?
5. What is happening in Harlem?
Short Essay Questions
1. What strikes the narrator as the profound truth about the riot?
2. Why is the narrator's funeral oration more moving than if he had planned a speech based according to party guidelines?
3. What puzzling irony does the narrator tell us about the human race?
4. What epiphany has the narrator experienced regarding his race?
5. What is the narrator's intention in speaking up for the black couple who have been evicted?
6. To what does Brother Tarp attribute the warning letter?
7. Why does the lady on the street become angry when he tries to put the figurine in the trash can?
8. In what way could the new shoes be symbolic?
9. Explain the initial results of the narrator's strategy of "yessing" them to death.
10. Why is Ras' anger ironic?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the use of white vs black and dark vs light throughout the novel. How are these contrasting concepts used in unexpected ways?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the women in the novel: Mary, Emma, Sybil, the nuns, and the white woman at the rally. What role do the women play in the narrator's development?
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