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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 Dupre want to do prior to starting the fire?
2. To what does Ras the Exhorter primarily object?
3. Which of the following is true about the narrator's position within the Brotherhood?
4. Why does the narrator try to hide the figurine from Mary?
5. The narrator wants to learn everything he can about the Brotherhood in order to
Short Essay Questions
1. Explain the irony of the figurine owned by Mary.
2. To what does Brother Tarp attribute the warning letter?
3. How do we know at this point that the lobotomy has not been completely successful in changing the narrator's personality?
4. Why does the lady on the street become angry when he tries to put the figurine in the trash can?
5. What puzzling irony does the narrator tell us about the human race?
6. Why is the narrator's funeral oration more moving than if he had planned a speech based according to party guidelines?
7. How does Emma's conversation create a sense of foreboding?
8. What strikes the narrator as the profound truth about the riot?
9. Explain the initial results of the narrator's strategy of "yessing" them to death.
10. In what way could the new shoes be symbolic?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain the symbolism of the following items: the figurine bank, the dark glasses, the briefcase, the dancing dolls, the piece of chain.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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