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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. With what does the narrator describe having been allowed to play by the tall man with the small, dark moustache in Chapter 1?
(a) A puppy.
(b) A 100-year-old sword.
(c) A gold pocket watch.
(d) A croquet set.

2. How much money per week does the narrator earn as the “reader” at the cigar factory in Chapter 5?
(a) $15.
(b) $8.
(c) $10.
(d) $25.

3. How does the narrator say he changed his attitudes toward his peers after the discovery that he was biracial?
(a) He became more outspoken.
(b) He became more reserved.
(c) He became more sympathetic.
(d) He became more judgmental.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Pullman car porter wearing when the narrator encounters him at a ball in Chapter 5?

2. 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?

3. To whom does the narrator say he became inseparable in school in Chapter 2?

4. The narrator is earning how much money per week after working at the cigar factory for three months in Chapter 5?

5. The narrator says that when he was shown about the grounds of the university, he was especially interested in what building in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is the narrator of The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man? What secret does he discuss in Chapter 1?

2. How is the second Pullman car porter described by the narrator in Chapter 4?

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

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

5. What event takes place informing the narrator of his ethnic heritage in his early years? How does he react to the information?

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

7. How are the author’s teenage years described? For whom did he work and where?

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

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

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

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