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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator states in Chapter 2, “In the life of every one there is a limited number of unhappy experiences which are not written upon the memory, but stamped there with” what?
(a) “A die.”
(b) “Vivid detail.”
(c) “Extreme pressure.”
(d) “Bad memories.”

2. Whom does the narrator describe as “a bright young fellow who was himself a student” that he talks with on the train ride in Chapter 4?
(a) A horse breeder.
(b) A shoe shiner.
(c) A breeder.
(d) A Pullman car porter.

3. The narrator says in Chapter 4, “I have since learned that this ability to laugh heartily is, in part, the salvation of the American Negro; it does much to keep him from going the way of the” what?
(a) “Indian.”
(b) “Animals.”
(c) “White man.”
(d) “Devil.”

4. What does the narrator describe under the shed in the backyard of his childhood home in Chapter 1?
(a) Bicycles.
(b) Animal feed.
(c) Wooden wash-tubs.
(d) Shovel and plow.

5. The narrator states in Chapter 2, “And this is the dwarfing, warping, distorting influence which operates upon each colored man in the United States. He is forced to take his outlook on all things, not from the viewpoint of a citizen, or a man, nor even a human being, but from the viewpoint of” what?
(a) “A coloured man.”
(b) “An animal.”
(c) “A slave.”
(d) “Society.”

6. What term from the book refers to “the boys who pulled the long stems from the tobacco leaves”?
(a) Strippers.
(b) Gougers.
(c) Rippers.
(d) Stemmers.

7. How old does the narrator say he was when he “appeared on a program with a number of adults at an entertainment given for some charitable purpose, and carried off the honors” in Chapter 2?
(a) 12.
(b) 14.
(c) 8.
(d) 17.

8. What does the narrator say he has never been good at because his “ideas of interpretation were always too strongly individual”?
(a) Composing music.
(b) Interpreting the Bible.
(c) An accompanist.
(d) Running a business.

9. Whose schoolwork did the narrator largely complete for him, as described in Chapter 2?
(a) Red Head’s.
(b) Shiny's.
(c) The Girl's.
(d) Walter's.

10. The narrator’s mother supported herself and her son by what means, according to the narrator in Chapter 1?
(a) Growing vegetables.
(b) Sewing.
(c) Tutoring students.
(d) Giving violin lessons.

11. Who shows the narrator to a boarding house in the beginning of Chapter 5?
(a) A policeman.
(b) A minister.
(c) A judge.
(d) A butcher.

12. How old is the narrator when his mother decides to enter him into public school?
(a) 15.
(b) 9.
(c) 5.
(d) 11.

13. What does the narrator say he had a particular fondness for in his childhood in Chapter 1?
(a) Slidebars.
(b) Black keys.
(c) Pedals.
(d) White keys.

14. Within how much time is the narrator able to speak Spanish like a native after working at the factory in Chapter 5?
(a) 9 moths.
(b) 2 years.
(c) 1 year.
(d) 6 months.

15. The landlord of the boarding house in Chapter 5 makes approximately how many cigars per day?
(a) 100.
(b) 140.
(c) 220.
(d) 60.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much money per week does the narrator earn as the “reader” at the cigar factory in Chapter 5?

2. The husband of the woman who runs the boarding house is from where in Chapter 5?

3. How does the narrator describe the chairs in the parlor at the rooming house where he arrives in the beginning of Chapter 5?

4. With what does the narrator describe having been allowed to play by the tall man with the small, dark moustache in Chapter 1?

5. The narrator of the novel was born in a small town in what state?

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