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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Malvonne find behind her refrigerator?
(a) An old diamond ring.
(b) A box of money.
(c) A sack of stolen mail.
(d) A coin collection.
2. How is Violet described by the author?
(a) Skinny and over fifty.
(b) Chubby and pleasant.
(c) Attractive and haunting.
(d) Wrinkly and harsh.
3. Where does Dorcas insist Joe take her?
(a) The zoo.
(b) The beauty parlor.
(c) New York City.
(d) A jazz club.
4. What does the author suppose Violet does while Joe is looking out the window and crying?
(a) Pack up her belongings and leave.
(b) Put her arms around him and comfort him.
(c) Set his hair on fire.
(d) Cook breakfast for him.
5. Who sits on every street corner, according to the author?
(a) Blind beggars.
(b) Blues musicians.
(c) Single mothers.
(d) Young prostitutes.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Violet's father bring the children when he visits?
2. What are the Civic Daughters planning when Joe delivers the cosmetics?
3. What does the green and yellow parrot repeat?
4. How long does it take for Joe and Violet to pay off the debt on their farm?
5. How is Alice Manfred related to Dorcas?
Short Essay Questions
1. Briefly describe the nature of Joe and Dorcas's relationship as described in Chapter Two.
2. How does the narrator describe the scene in which Violet attacks Dorcas's body?
3. What is the story the narrator gives behind Joe's last name?
4. How does the narrator describe Harlem of the 1920s in Chapter One?
5. Describe Joe's recollection of the train ride to Maryland in Chapter Two.
6. Describe what Violet does with the picture of Dorcas in Chapter One.
7. Why is Violet known as "Violent" Trace in town?
8. Describe the death of Dorcas's mother.
9. How does the narrator describe the way Joe and Violet meet in Chapter Four?
10. In Chapter One, how does the narrator describe Violet Trace?
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