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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. Mrs. Hayes-Rore is
(a) An activist for the Negro cause.
(b) A struggling actress.
(c) An administrator for Chicago schools.
(d) An entertainer.

2. In her discomfort about not fitting in, Helga realizes
(a) She is better than these people.
(b) She does not want to fit in.
(c) Her feelings are hurt.
(d) She loves to travel.

3. When she is dressed for tea, Helga's uncle decides that she
(a) Needs higher heels.
(b) Must have earrings.
(c) Needs more makeup.
(d) Needs a better hairdo.

4. Helga tells her story to Mrs. Hayes-Rore who
(a) Admonishes her for sharing.
(b) Feels only sympathy for her.
(c) Seems to withdraw from her.
(d) Reacts with anger toward her.

5. Helga feels the school's intention is to
(a) Teach the children arts and crafts.
(b) Preserve the Negro culture.
(c) Pave the way for college students.
(d) Turn black children into white children.

Short Answer Questions

1. James Vayle feels it is important

2. Helga decides to ask her maternal uncle for help because

3. Helga thinks she has now

4. Where does Helga encounter Robert Anderson again?

5. What disturbs Helga about her conversation with Dr. Anderson?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Anne begin avoiding Helga? Has something come between them? What is it?

2. What is Dr. Anderson's attitude toward the troubles of society? Is he an idealist, or is he a wise man? Use examples to answer.

3. What does Axel Olsen's portrait of Helga symbolize? Is the portrait important to the story? Why or why not?

4. What is Anne's problem with Audrey Denny? Does her hate toward Audrey make any sense? Why or why not?

5. Describe Helga's lifestyle as a teacher. Is it unusual? Why or why not?

6. What is the point of Larsen's description of Helga's response to the music at the club? What does the jungle animal description prove? Is this a racist passage?

7. Discuss Uncle Poul's reaction to Helga's weeping. Is he a kind man? A loving uncle? Why or why not?

8. Why does Helga decide to marry Reverend Green? Does her decision make any sense? Is she not concerned about the reactions of others?

9. What surprises does Katrina's character bring in the story? Does she provide a safe haven or a sense of family for Helga? Why, or why not?

10. Devastated over losing what she secretly hoped would develop into an affair with Anderson, Helga's depression returns. Discuss the worship service that she happens upon, and its symbolism.

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