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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. Who does the narrator plan to use to destroy the Brotherhood
3. What truth is revealed about the Brotherhood in Chapter 22?
4. Why does the narrator remain in his hole for a long while?
5. What does the narrator notice at the funeral that he would like to exploit?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the primary problem with the instructions given to the narrator to gather more members?
2. Why does Jack become angry with the man who asks the narrator to sing a "spiritual"?
3. What is meant by "white fever"?
4. What does Brother Jack really want the narrator to avoid doing?
5. Why do Dupre and his men choose a particular building to burn?
6. Why is the narrator's funeral oration more moving than if he had planned a speech based according to party guidelines?
7. Explain the irony of the figurine owned by Mary.
8. Explain why the "woman question" is typical of the Brotherhood's approach to issues.
9. How do we know at this point that the lobotomy has not been completely successful in changing the narrator's personality?
10. How does the narrator really feel about the gift of the chain from Brother Tarp?
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
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 3
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.
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