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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 behaviors describe what Jones does in Lutie's apartment?
(a) He watches television and helps himself to a beer.
(b) He washes her dishes, makes her bed, and mops her floor.
(c) He fixes the light fixtures in her bathroom and checks the heating system.
(d) He smells her lipstick, crushes her blouse in his hands, and imagines drying her with towel.

2. How did Mrs. Chandler recognize Lutie in the train station?
(a) Lutie had described her appearance to Mrs. Chandler over the telephone.
(b) Lutie waved frantically at Mrs. Chandler.
(c) Lutie wore a name tag.
(d) Lutie was the only colored person in sight.

3. Why does everyone stop to hear Lutie sing along with the jukebox?
(a) She invites them over with her warm presence.
(b) She's singing their favorite song.
(c) Her voice relays a message that the lyrics are unable to convey.
(d) She sounds terrible.

4. What does Jones discover when he gets home from Lutie's?
(a) He discovers that his electricity has been shut off.
(b) He discovers that Min and another man are in his apartment.
(c) He discovers that Min has prepared a fabulous dinner.
(d) He discovers that Min isn't home and that all her best clothes are gone.

5. What does Lutie do when Boots makes his first attempt to seduce her?
(a) Laughs and goes along.
(b) Asks him to give her some space.
(c) Points out that it's getting late.
(d) Begins to cry.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Mrs. Hedges once embarrass Jones?

2. What did the black community do after the stabbing incident?

3. What do Mrs. Chandler's mother and her white friends seem to believe about black women?

4. How does the reporter describe the man who was stabbed to death?

5. Which choice best illustrates the setting of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Lutie feel after being offered the job of singer in Boots' band? What does she know for sure after the offer?

2. Chapter 2 provides Lutie with a valuable lesson: "Anybody could be rich if he wanted to and worked hard enough and figured it out carefully enough." Still, Lutie is often discouraged by the world around her. How does the external world affect Lutie's internal life?

3. In Chapter 2, Lutie returns from Mrs. Chandler's and arrives in Harlem relieved to be away from white people. How does Lutie believe that white women and men look at her?

4. Chapter 1 opens with the description of a cold and windy day in New York City. Why might the author have chosen to describe the wind through personification?

5. Chapter 1 outlines the dynamics of Lutie's household. Lutie's father's girlfriend, Lil, has Bub lighting her cigarettes and tasting her gin. How does Lil's behavior reflect and amplify Lutie's fears for her son?

6. The author paints Jones as an obsessive character. He snoops around Lutie's apartment fantasizing about her and bothering her possessions. What does this behavior seem to foreshadow?

7. After leaving Jim, Lutie never reaches out to him again. How does this single fact reflect Lutie's strength?

8. Who does Lutie hold responsible for the end of her marriage?

9. While riding with Boots, Lutie comes to the conclusion that it would be better to be born with no brain than to understand everything you cannot reach. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

10. What is likely the reason Bub refuses to tell his mother he's afraid of the dark?

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