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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Where does the narrator move with his mother in Chapter 1?
(a) Connecticut.
(b) Ohio.
(c) Main.
(d) Georgia.

5. The husband of the woman who runs the boarding house is from where in Chapter 5?
(a) Ecuador.
(b) Mexico.
(c) Cuba.
(d) Haiti.

6. In Chapter 1, the narrator states that he is led to reveal his secret by the same impulse as what?
(a) “A nun lost in the woods.”
(b) “The unfound-out criminal.”
(c) “The doctor telling his patient he’ll die.”
(d) “A blind rat.”

7. It is the narrator’s duty to bring what to the tall man with the small, dark moustache when he visits in Chapter 1?
(a) A glass of water.
(b) Newspaper.
(c) Slippers.
(d) Slices of bread with butter.

8. What does the narrator describe surrounding the flowers in the front yard of his childhood home in Chapter 1?
(a) Glass bottles.
(b) Cherry trees.
(c) Large rocks.
(d) A white picket fence.

9. How much money per week is the room that the narrator rents at the boarding house in the beginning of Chapter 5?
(a) $5.75.
(b) $3.50.
(c) $2.00.
(d) $7.95.

10. What city does the narrator describe as “a big, dull, red town” in Chapter 4?
(a) Biloxi.
(b) Atlanta.
(c) Knoxville.
(d) Miami.

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

12. The narrator is earning how much money per week after working at the cigar factory for three months in Chapter 5?
(a) $4.
(b) $2.
(c) $7.
(d) $10.

13. What is the Pullman car porter wearing when the narrator encounters him at a ball in Chapter 5?
(a) The narrator’s jacket.
(b) The narrator’s shoes.
(c) The narrator’s tie.
(d) The narrator’s hat.

14. 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) 17.
(b) 8.
(c) 12.
(d) 14.

15. The narrator says that when he was shown about the grounds of the university, he was especially interested in what building in Chapter 4?
(a) The library.
(b) The industrial building.
(c) The gymnasium.
(d) The mathematics building.

Short Answer Questions

1. By what age could the narrator play by ear all of the hymns and songs his mother knew?

2. Where does the porter say he will return to school in the winter in Chapter 4?

3. 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?

4. 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?

5. What term from the book refers to “the boys who pulled the long stems from the tobacco leaves”?

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