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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 discover about Jack?
2. How does the narrator get out of playing along in Sybil's rape fantasy?
3. When is a person most invisible?
4. What does the unnamed man at the party ask the narrator to do?
5. What truth does the narrator discover about Brother Jack?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Ras' anger ironic?
2. Why is the narrator's work on the "woman question" cut short?
3. Explain the irony of the figurine owned by Mary.
4. What is meant by "white fever"?
5. The narrator says that he has learned that the lack of surprise is a warning. What does he mean?
6. Why does the lady on the street become angry when he tries to put the figurine in the trash can?
7. Brother Jack refers to Clifton as Brutus? How does the metaphor fit the situation?
8. What is the significance of the black thread that controls the dancing doll?
9. Why do Dupre and his men choose a particular building to burn?
10. What epiphany has the narrator experienced regarding his race?
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
In his last meeting with Hambro, the narrator is told that his own members--the blacks in Harlem--must be sacrificed for the good of the Brotherhood and that they will be making temporary alliances with other groups. Since the alliance with the blacks seems to have accomplished nothing for the blacks themselves, what was the purpose of the work in Harlem? Why did it fail? How did the alliance--if such it could be called--contribute to the riot?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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