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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What happens when the narrator wears the sunglasses?
2. What time of day does Brother Jack meet the narrator in the beginning of Chapter 17
3. What is happening in Harlem?
4. What is in the narrator's briefcase?
5. What kind of day is it on the day of Clifton's funeral?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
Discuss the women in the novel: Mary, Emma, Sybil, the nuns, and the white woman at the rally. What role do the women play in the narrator's development?
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