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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. When Julius sees children on a playground on his way home from the appointment with his accountant in Chapter 13, what does he say the creak-creak of the swings signifies to them?
(a) That they are having fun.
(b) That their parents are there to push them.
(c) That they need to be careful.
(d) That they are surrounded by familiar things.

2. How many times does Julius try his PIN in various cash machines before he gives up in Chapter 13?
(a) Five.
(b) A dozen.
(c) Two or three.
(d) Six or eight.

3. What does Julius’ friend argue for, after Julius’ comments about Dr. Saito’s death?
(a) Right to die laws.
(b) Euthanasia.
(c) The right to keep people on respirators.
(d) Cancer research.

4. What is Julius’ reaction when he sees Hasidic Jews looking at Munkasci’s images of Goebbels?
(a) He focuses on their young children.
(b) He feels compelled to leave.
(c) He goes to talk to them.
(d) He becomes quiet inside and very attentive.

5. What does Julius notice is missing in Dr. Saito’s apartment in Chapter 14?
(a) Family photographs.
(b) Decorations.
(c) Mementos from Dr. Saito’s internment.
(d) Books.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Julius say he felt comforted by when he went to the tailor’s shop to get clothes for his father’s funeral?

2. What is Moji reading during her picnic in Central Park with Julius and his friend and his friend’s girlfriend Lise-Anne?

3. What does Julius forget to take to his appointment with his accountant in Chapter 13?

4. What does Julius say the Statue of Liberty served as until 1902?

5. What does Moji say she actively worries about, during the picnic in Central Park?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Julius affected by his thoughts about slavery in New York?

2. What does Julius know about Dr. Saito’s relationship history, and how does he know it?

3. What odd scene does Julius witness in the diner, where someone is learning Chinese?

4. How does Julius respond when his friend’s girlfriend Lise-Anne asks him about the most humorous cases he had seen among the mentally ill?

5. How does the model of New York from the 1964 World’s Fair serve as a metaphor for the book?

6. What does the monument to the negro burial ground make Julius think about the reality of people in the past?

7. How does Julius respond when Moji tells Julius that she has never forgotten him sexually assaulting her when they were students?

8. How does Julius say that he reacted when he saved the boy’s life who had been about to drown?

9. What is it that Julius says cut him to the quick when he was talking with Dr. Maillotte over dinner?

10. Chapter 11 marks the end of “Part 1: Death is a perfection of the eye.” In what way is this title appropriate to the first 11 chapters?

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