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Multiple Choice Questions

1. All of the fellow boarders at the boarding house where the narrator stays in Chapter 5 work as what?
(a) Basket weavers.
(b) Blacksmiths.
(c) Farmhands.
(d) Cigar makers.

2. By what age could the narrator play by ear all of the hymns and songs his mother knew?
(a) 7.
(b) 15.
(c) 4.
(d) 12.

3. What does the narrator have for breakfast that is described as “so light and flaky that a fellow with any appetite at all would have no difficulty in disposing of eight or ten” in Chapter 4?
(a) Biscuits.
(b) Blueberry muffins.
(c) Pancakes.
(d) Waffles.

4. The narrator states in Chapter 2 of his mother that he did not remember “ever having seen her with a book in her hand, with the exception of” what?
(a) The Torah.
(b) The Bible.
(c) The Koran.
(d) The Episcopal Prayer-book.

5. How does the narrator describe the chairs in the parlor at the rooming house where he arrives in the beginning of Chapter 5?
(a) Cane-bottomed.
(b) Made of sturdy oak.
(c) A vibrant red color.
(d) Falling into disrepair.

6. What does the tall man with the small, dark moustache drill a hole through in Chapter 1 as the narrator watches?
(a) A two-dollar silver piece.
(b) A five-dollar gold piece.
(c) A ten-dollar gold piece.
(d) A five-dollar silver piece.

7. 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) “Society.”
(b) “A coloured man.”
(c) “An animal.”
(d) “A slave.”

8. The narrator says in Chapter 5 that he picked up the cigar-maker’s habit of riding around in what on Sunday afternoons?
(a) A horse cart.
(b) A sailboat.
(c) A canoe.
(d) A hack.

9. Who wrote the Christian allegory The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come?
(a) Jacob Smith.
(b) Elliot Larkin.
(c) Mason Williams.
(d) John Bunyan.

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

11. The narrator states in Chapter 4 that he stood for an hour watching four or five men saving what by the road?
(a) A cart of vegetables.
(b) A dog.
(c) A mule.
(d) A child.

12. In Chapter 5, the narrator compares the black man and his fight to what bearing the “fury of the storm”?
(a) “The bristlecone pine tree.”
(b) “The cedar tree.”
(c) “The redwood tree.”
(d) “The willow tree.”

13. The landlady and her husband at the boarding house tell the narrator that the big winter hotels would not open within how much time in the beginning of Chapter 5?
(a) 1 year.
(b) 9 months.
(c) 2 months.
(d) 3 weeks.

14. The narrator states in Chapter 2 that “a true artist can no more play upon the piano or violin without putting his whole body in accord with the emotions he is striving to express than a swallow can” do what?
(a) “Sing without being loud.”
(b) “Sing without melody.”
(c) “Eat without being vulnerable.”
(d) “Fly without being graceful.”

15. The narrator of the novel was born a few years after the close of what war?
(a) World War II.
(b) The Civil War.
(c) The War of 1812.
(d) World War I.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much do the narrator and his companion each pay the waiter at the restaurant where they eat in Chapter 4?

2. The landlord of the boarding house in Chapter 5 makes approximately how many cigars per day?

3. On what day of the week does the narrator’s mother play the piano in Chapter 1?

4. What city does the narrator describe as “a big, dull, red town” in Chapter 4?

5. What nickname does the narrator give to the boy in his class whose face he describes as “black as night, but shone as though it was polished” in Chapter 1?

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