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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. Who does the narrator plan to use to destroy the Brotherhood
2. Upon the narrator's return to Harlem, he learns which of the following individuals has disappeared from the Brotherhood?
3. How does the Brotherhood regard Clifton?
4. How is the narrator's preparations for the evening with Sybil ironic?
5. What had the narrator's grandfather learned to accept?
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. Explain the irony of the figurine owned by Mary.
3. What is meant by "white fever"?
4. Why does Brother Jack defend the narrator at this point?
5. What does Brother Jack really want the narrator to avoid doing?
6. The narrator says that he has learned that the lack of surprise is a warning. What does he mean?
7. In what way could the new shoes be symbolic?
8. How do we know at this point that the lobotomy has not been completely successful in changing the narrator's personality?
9. What strikes the narrator as the profound truth about the riot?
10. Why does Jack become angry with the man who asks the narrator to sing a "spiritual"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
What is illusion? Can illusion be imposed upon a person without his consent? Can illusion be chosen so effectively that a person believes his own fancies? Discuss which characters are choosing to be deluded. Is the delusion helping or hurting their cause?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Blindness is one of the most pervasive motifs of the novel. Discuss the different types of blindness that are represented by the characters, for example, Norton, Mary, the two nuns, Brother Jack, Ras, the narrator himself, and others. Choose three or four characters that represent different types of blindness and explain how their blindness influences their actions and decisions. Is there anyone in the novel who sees clearly, whether he uses his sight for good or for evil purposes?
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