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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. How does the narrator get out of playing along in Sybil's rape fantasy?
2. What does the narrator spontaneously decide to buy?
3. What apparent warning meets the narrator upon his return to Harlem
4. The narrator wants to learn everything he can about the Brotherhood in order to
5. What truth about the Brotherhood does the narrator realize in Chapter 20?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do we know at this point that the lobotomy has not been completely successful in changing the narrator's personality?
2. The narrator says that he has learned that the lack of surprise is a warning. What does he mean?
3. Describe one of the roles played by Rinehart.
4. Why is Ras' anger ironic?
5. What was the narrator's real problem, and how has he settled it?
6. Brother Jack refers to Clifton as Brutus? How does the metaphor fit the situation?
7. Why is the narrator's funeral oration more moving than if he had planned a speech based according to party guidelines?
8. Explain the initial results of the narrator's strategy of "yessing" them to death.
9. To what does Brother Tarp attribute the warning letter?
10. How does the narrator really feel about the gift of the chain from Brother Tarp?
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 African American people--at whatever geographic location they are found in the novel--seem to have little hope of a future that is equal to the whites in terms of wealth, status, education, or upward mobility. Whether they are in the north or the south, the forces that impede progress have much in common. For example, Norton requires a barely "post-slavery" recipient, that is, someone who needs the help he imagines he is giving, in order for his endeavors to have any meaning. Similarly, numerous philosophers have suggested that we need the poor and downtrodden among us in order to have a subject upon which to practice charity. Discuss several different ways in which this attitude is expressed in the novel. Show what this approach of using a particular group target upon which to practice an ideology accomplishes both for the subject group and for the "charitable" or practicing entity.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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