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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. Through his experiences, what has the narrator learned to value?
2. What time of day does Brother Jack meet the narrator in the beginning of Chapter 17
3. How does the narrator react to the dolls that are being sold by Clifton?
4. What truth does the narrator discover about Brother Jack?
5. To what does Ras the Exhorter primarily object?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is the narrator's work on the "woman question" cut short?
2. What was the narrator's real problem, and how has he settled it?
3. Why is the narrator's funeral oration more moving than if he had planned a speech based according to party guidelines?
4. Explain why the "woman question" is typical of the Brotherhood's approach to issues.
5. To what does Brother Tarp attribute the warning letter?
6. Why does Brother Jack defend the narrator at this point?
7. Describe one of the roles played by Rinehart.
8. How does Emma's conversation create a sense of foreboding?
9. Why do Dupre and his men choose a particular building to burn?
10. Brother Jack refers to Clifton as Brutus? How does the metaphor fit the situation?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an analysis of the various locations in which the narrator lives, i.e, the college, Harlem, in his new apartment, and finally in the "hole." Discuss how each location is a reflection of his changing attitude/character.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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