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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. Knowing she is without support, Helga's desperation turns to
(a) Determination to make it on her own.
(b) Anger toward all white people.
(c) Revolutionary thoughts.
(d) Plotting and scheming for greater status.

2. When she realizes what Axel Olsen is implying, Helga feels
(a) Hilarity.
(b) Love.
(c) Admiration.
(d) Repugnance.

3. Why does her uncle's wife reject Helga?
(a) She thinks Helga dresses too loudly.
(b) She feels Helga is not a valid member of the family.
(c) She is simply cruel and evil.
(d) She does not believe Helga.

4. James Vayle is clearly
(a) A frightened man.
(b) Still in love with Helga.
(c) A negotiator.
(d) A loser in Harlem.

5. The furnishings in Anne Grey's home
(a) Appeal to Helga's sense of aesthetics.
(b) Are old and dusty.
(c) Have been bought from museums.
(d) Are too modern for her home.

Short Answer Questions

1. Helga gets a job in New York at

2. What Helga respects in Audrey is

3. James Vayle feels it is important

4. Olsen refers to Helga's refusal of him as

5. In a letter, Anne asks Helga to

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it about African Americans that Helga hates? Is this opinion of hers new, or has she felt this way for some time? What causes her to draw this conclusion?

2. Discuss Helga's "maladjustment" at Naxos. Is it about the school, or is it about Helga, or both?

3. Discuss the reasons for Helga's newfound happiness with her life in New York. What is it that pleases her in these new surroudings? Why does she feel better here than in Chicago?

4. Why does Helga return to Harlem? Discuss her newfound spiritual ties to the black population here. Is it the same connection she felt before? Why, or why not?

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

6. Why does Helga think Anne is almost perfect? Is Anne perfect? What does Helga even know about her at this point in the story?

7. Explain Helga's repulsed fascination with the Negro performers. Why does she return over and over to see them? Is this helping her somehow?

8. Discuss Helga's newly emerging feelings about the black population around her in New York. What might this mean about Helga?

9. Is it clear whether Helga is liked by her peers or colleagues? If so, is it genuine? Is Helga a likable person?

10. Why would Helga become alienated in a school for Negro children? What makes her different from other faculty.

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