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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 is ironic about the narrator's dance with Emma?
2. Who had predicted the narrator's relationship with the white woman?
3. What does the narrator discover about Jack?
4. How does the narrator react to the dolls that are being sold by Clifton?
5. The narrator becomes dizzy at the thought that true saviors might actually be where?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the narrator really feel about the gift of the chain from Brother Tarp?
2. Why do Dupre and his men choose a particular building to burn?
3. Why does the lady on the street become angry when he tries to put the figurine in the trash can?
4. Why is Ras' anger ironic?
5. Explain the irony of the figurine owned by Mary.
6. Why does Brother Jack defend the narrator at this point?
7. What is the primary problem with the instructions given to the narrator to gather more members?
8. Describe one of the roles played by Rinehart.
9. Explain why the "woman question" is typical of the Brotherhood's approach to issues.
10. What epiphany has the narrator experienced regarding his race?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explain why the Brotherhood chooses the narrator. What factors have made him particularly vulnerable to their approach? How do his own intentions change as he begins working with them?
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
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.
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