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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. Where is Madame Gautier from?
(a) New Orleans.
(b) Cleveland.
(c) Little Rock.
(d) Baton Rouge.

2. After how long does the fisherman abandon Jane in “Man’s Way”?
(a) After 6 months.
(b) After 1 year.
(c) After 3 years.
(d) After 8 months.

3. How is Joe Pittman killed?
(a) Trying to break a horse.
(b) He commits suicide.
(c) He is beaten to death by a master.
(d) He is hit by a train.

4. Where does Ned's family go after his death in “The People”?
(a) To Missouri.
(b) To Ohio.
(c) To Kansas.
(d) To Arkansas.

5. Whom do each member of the black plantation community take turns feeding in “A Flicker of Light; and Again Darkness”?
(a) The slave master.
(b) The field runner.
(c) The cook.
(d) The schoolteacher.

Short Answer Questions

1. Whose inspiration has led Ned to the decision to open a school to meet the educational needs of local blacks in “Professor Douglass”?

2. What does Jane describe as her chore on the plantation all day when the soldiers were to come in "Soldiers"?

3. Where was Frederick Douglass born?

4. How old is Ned described in “Ned Leaves Home”?

5. How does Job's wife respond when he brings Ned and Jane home in “Rednecks and Scalawags”?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Jane tell the white woman in "Heading South" that she won't return to her home plantation? How does the woman reply?

2. What is symbolized through Jane's actions in "Man's Way"?

3. What transition takes place in the narrative structure in Book 2: Reconstruction?

4. What does Madame Gautier remark regarding masculinity in "Man's Way"?

5. What physical conflict involves Jane in "Heading North"? What brings about this conflict?

6. How would you describe the language syle in the novel?

7. How is the theme of social defiance illustrated in Book 2: Reconstruction?

8. How does Jane's narrative perspective influence the plot of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman?

9. What political ideologies can be seen in the actions of the north in Book 2: Reconstruction?

10. How is the narrator influenced by Miss Jane Pittman's funeral in the Introduction?

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