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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. The total mortgage and child support McCall has to pay after the divorce in Chapter 41 is how much?
2. In Chapter 44, McCall boils down his life and that of his friends to one word, which is what?
3. In Chapter 39, McCall describes his participation in a minorities and workplace racism fellowship which was held at which university?
4. What is McCall's biological father's name?
5. In Chapter 24, what is the name of the person McCall talks about who shoots someone in the back over a basketball game?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does McCall feel like a slave on an auction block in Chapter 27?
2. How does Danny's driving curiosity about race affect his relationship with McCall?
3. Why does McCall feel he is bringing another child into a world of pain and strife (Chapter 32)?
4. Why does McCall see his grandchild as a another cycle of life?
5. In Chapter 35, how is McCall fitting into the mainstream?
6. How does Stanley's visit become a turning point for McCall and the drug scene?
7. What happens in Chapter 40 when McCall is challenged by another driver?
8. What does McCall fear about his kids from Debbie and what does he do about it, according to Chapter 34?
9. What happens when McCall deals with the question of whether to abort his own child and an assignment in Chapter 31?
10. In Part III, what relationship does McCall have with his editor?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the significance of McCall's approval of unusual names for black babies in relation to his need to rebel against all things mainstream.
Essay Topic 2
In Chapter 34, McCall talks about the pressure not to marry Debbie and his idea that the marriage will legitimize things. Explain circumstances. Discuss how the the pressure to not marry and McCall's perception of "legitimization" compare to McCall's decisions in earlier years on the streets and in the prison.
Essay Topic 3
In the end of the book, McCall observes, with fear, the younger men on the block at his old hang out, the 7-Eleven. As a young black man growing up in urban America, McCall's every experience has been different or at the very least tainted by racism or misguided rites of passage. His fear of another man's rage has him easing back into his car and leaving the block. Using his story as your guide, explain how McCall's thoughts during this instance would be perceived as a betrayal by some (whom) but as maturity, growth by others (whom).
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