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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. Why does the narrator go to the white woman's apartment in Chapter 19?
2. What truth about the Brotherhood does the narrator realize in Chapter 20?
3. How does the narrator react to the dolls that are being sold by Clifton?
4. What does the narrator spontaneously decide to buy?
5. What is the symbolic association of the arena in Chapter 16?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does the lady on the street become angry when he tries to put the figurine in the trash can?
2. Describe one of the roles played by Rinehart.
3. Why does Brother Jack defend the narrator at this point?
4. What was the narrator's real problem, and how has he settled it?
5. What is the narrator's intention in speaking up for the black couple who have been evicted?
6. Why is the narrator's funeral oration more moving than if he had planned a speech based according to party guidelines?
7. Why is Ras' anger ironic?
8. Why does Jack become angry with the man who asks the narrator to sing a "spiritual"?
9. The narrator says that he has learned that the lack of surprise is a warning. What does he mean?
10. What strikes the narrator as the profound truth about the riot?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The narrator's grandfather tries to explain how he himself had failed the black people. What does the narrator initially not understand about the concept of "yessing" them to death? How does he eventually understand and adopt the idea? What conclusion does he finally draw about appearing to agree while actually plotting against someone?
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 the symbolism of the following items: the figurine bank, the dark glasses, the briefcase, the dancing dolls, the piece of chain.
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