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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 the narrator discover when he gets to the woman's apartment?
2. Whose words does the narrator contemplate as proof that he can have two identities and still be successful?
3. What does Westrum use as evidence that the narrator is only trying to promote himself?
4. What does the narrator purchase after the confrontation with Ras?
5. For whom does the Brotherhood claim to work?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the primary problem with the instructions given to the narrator to gather more members?
2. Identify several mistakes that the narrator makes in his first assigned speech in Harlem.
3. Brother Jack refers to Clifton as Brutus? How does the metaphor fit the situation?
4. How does the narrator really feel about the gift of the chain from Brother Tarp?
5. In what way could the new shoes be symbolic?
6. What does Brother Jack really want the narrator to avoid doing?
7. Describe one of the roles played by Rinehart.
8. Explain why the "woman question" is typical of the Brotherhood's approach to issues.
9. To what does Brother Tarp attribute the warning letter?
10. The narrator says that he has learned that the lack of surprise is a warning. What does he mean?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Being invisible can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. By the end of the novel, how does the narrator intend to use his invisibility? Is the state of being invisible to the inner eye of other people something that can be changed? If so, how? If not, why not?
Essay Topic 2
Early in the novel, the narrator endures a non-surgical pre-frontal lobotomy that is supposed to erase his memories, make him a more pliable worker, and prevent him from bringing charges against the factory. He does change after the experience, but not exactly in the way usually expected of a lobotomy. Discuss the changes that begin taking place. What changes are permanent? What changes seem to occur gradually? Do they make the narrator a better man?
Essay Topic 3
What does the narrator mean when he talks about "existing outside of history"? Where does he envision himself by the end of the story? Since he never tells us his name, has he ultimately clarified or further obscured his self-discovery and identity?
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