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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. 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) “Animals.”
(b) “White man.”
(c) “Devil.”
(d) “Indian.”

2. According to the narrator in Chapter 2, the two immediate results of his “forced loneliness” were finding company in books and greater pleasure in what?
(a) Silence.
(b) Music.
(c) Nature.
(d) Thought.

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

4. The narrator’s companion tells him in Chapter 4 that all of the “respectable coloured people” eat where?
(a) At home.
(b) At the church.
(c) At the race track.
(d) At the diner.

5. The narrator of the novel was born in a small town in what state?
(a) Georgia.
(b) Kansas.
(c) New Mexico.
(d) Minnesota.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What does the narrator have for breakfast that is described as “boiled to the consistency where it could be eaten with a fork” in Chapter 4?

3. What book does the narrator describe as having “used to lie in splendid neglect on the center table in our little parlor” in Chapter 2?

4. It is the narrator’s duty to bring what to the tall man with the small, dark moustache when he visits in Chapter 1?

5. How old is the narrator when his mother decides to enter him into public school?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the narrator’s guide when he first arrives in Atlanta in Chapter 4? What are the narrator’s impressions of the city?

2. How is the period in which the book is set described by the author? What was life like for African Americans?

3. What elements does the novel share with the Realist Movement in literary style?

4. When and where was the author of the book born and raised? How are his parents described?

5. What advice is the narrator given after his money is stolen in Chapter 4? Who helps him out?

6. How is the early childhood of the narrator described in Chapter 1? Where does he live?

7. What is early education like for the narrator? When does he enter public school and how is this setting described?

8. How does the motif of music apply in the novel? What is the narrator’s relationship to music?

9. How does the theme of identity apply to the novel? How does it apply to the narrator?

10. To whom were African American narratives during the Reconstruction Era generally addressed? Why?

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