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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. Which character admits to having spent time in prison?
(a) Boy Willie.
(b) Uncle Doaker.
(c) Berniece.
(d) Lymon.

2. What does Doaker believe he sees Sutter's ghost doing, which he refuses to tell his sister about?
(a) Chasing after Boy Willie.
(b) Playing the piano.
(c) Staring at Berniece while she slept.
(d) Following Maretha to school.

3. Who does Wining Boy reveal he helped bail out of jail?
(a) Lymon's cousin.
(b) Lymon.
(c) Lymon's brother.
(d) Lymon's father.

4. What has Wining Boy brought to the city to pawn?
(a) His suit.
(b) The piano.
(c) His car.
(d) Sheets of music.

5. What does Boy Willie threaten to do to the piano?
(a) He threatens to chop it in half.
(b) He threatens to steal it in the night.
(c) He threatens to stomp it to dust.
(d) He threatens to burn it.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which character used to polish the piano every morning?

2. Berniece and her uncle live in which city?

3. Who purchases clothing from Wining Boy?

4. What type of song does Maretha play on the piano?

5. Which character states that the law of the white man is meaningless, and he has created a new set of laws?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Avery tell Berniece when he comes to visit her while she is preparing a bath?

2. What happens when Berniece threatens Boy Willie with the gun?

3. What conflict arises between the siblings surrounding the future of the piano?

4. Why did Berneice stop playing the piano as a child?

5. What does Boy Willie claim is the history of the railroad known as the Yellow Dog line?

6. What connection does Doaker make between travel and happiness?

7. How does Lymon come into possession of Wining Boy's suit?

8. How was Lymon's father killed?

9. What does Berniece ask Avery to do after Maretha has seen Sutter's ghost, and how does Avery respond?

10. Why has Avery shown up at the Charles home?

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