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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Who wrote the Christian allegory The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come?

4. Within how much time is the narrator accounted the fastest at pulling the long stems from tobacco leaves at the factory in Chapter 5?

5. The narrator’s mother supported herself and her son by what means, according to the narrator in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where did James Weldon Johnson attend university? How is this institution described?

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

4. What popular dance does the narrator describe in Chapter 5? When did the dance develop?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the Civil War, the Reconstruction Era of the United States, and the settings of Georgia and Connecticut during this time period. Where in Georgia does the narrator live with his mother? How does he describe his home and the people in his childhood community? What details does he describe of his father?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the narrator’s decision to return to New York after the closing of the cigar factory. Where do the other workers decide to go to look for work? Who chooses to go with the narrator to the North? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the setting of Atlanta, Georgia, and the narrator’s impressions of the city upon arrival. How does the city compare with the narrator’s childhood home in Connecticut? How does he perceive the African Americans of the South to be different than those of the North? Where does the narrator stay upon his arrival?

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