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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 porter tells the narrator that he has not had how many hours of sleep since he left Jersey City in Chapter 4?
(a) 10.
(b) 3.
(c) 6.
(d) 12.

2. Within how much time is the narrator accounted the fastest at pulling the long stems from tobacco leaves at the factory in Chapter 5?
(a) 4 days.
(b) 1 month.
(c) 10 days.
(d) 2 weeks.

3. 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) Slices of bread with butter.
(b) A glass of water.
(c) Newspaper.
(d) Slippers.

4. How much do the narrator and his companion each pay the waiter at the restaurant where they eat in Chapter 4?
(a) 75 cents.
(b) 50 cents.
(c) 20 cents.
(d) 10 cents.

5. What is stolen along with the narrator’s money from his trunk in Chapter 4?
(a) A hat.
(b) A necktie.
(c) A pair of shoes.
(d) A jacket.

Short Answer Questions

1. What present does the narrator describe receiving from his father in Chapter 3?

2. 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?

3. The narrator states in Chapter 4 that he stood for an hour watching four or five men saving what by the road?

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

5. The narrator claims in Chapter 1, “As I look back now I can see that I was a perfect little” what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does the narrator hide his money at the rooming house in Chapter 4? Where does he go after this?

2. What does the narrator discover when he encounters the porter at a dance in Chapter 5?

3. How is segregation addressed when the narrator eats his first meal in Atlanta in Chapter 4?

4. How is the first Pullman car porter described by the narrator? Where does the narrator meet him?

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

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

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

8. Into what classes does the narrator categorize African Americans in Chapter 5?

9. In what ways does the narrator show blindness and naiveté regarding his race?

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

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