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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 decision does the narrator accept for the time period that will be needed to clear the charges against him?
2. Upon the narrator's return to Harlem, he learns which of the following individuals has disappeared from the Brotherhood?
3. Which of the following is true about the narrator's position within the Brotherhood?
4. What is the narrator accused of when he tries to dispose of the figurine?
5. Why is Brother Westrum opposed to the piece of chain on the narrator's desk?
Short Essay Questions
1. The narrator says that he has learned that the lack of surprise is a warning. What does he mean?
2. Explain the initial results of the narrator's strategy of "yessing" them to death.
3. How do we know at this point that the lobotomy has not been completely successful in changing the narrator's personality?
4. What is the significance of the black thread that controls the dancing doll?
5. What is meant by "white fever"?
6. Explain the irony of the figurine owned by Mary.
7. Why is the narrator's work on the "woman question" cut short?
8. What was the narrator's real problem, and how has he settled it?
9. To what does Brother Tarp attribute the warning letter?
10. Identify several mistakes that the narrator makes in his first assigned speech in Harlem.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Several times the narrator recalls his grandfather's dying words. Discuss the situations in which the narrator recalls his grandfather, showing how he reacts to those memories upon different occasions.
Essay Topic 2
Early in the novel, the graduating black boys are deliberately used as cruel sport for the white men at a club. Norton is at the club with all the other white men. Norton does not care about the black boys any more than anyone else does. Therefore, what is his purpose at the college? Explain the things that Mr. Norton and Brother Jack have in common.
Essay Topic 3
Compare/contrast the leaders of the Brotherhood with Dr. Bledsoe and Mr. Norton. How does each group accomplish or fail to accomplish their ultimate goals?
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