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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. What does Jane inform Ned as they are going to sleep at the end of “Shelter for a Night”?

2. When was Frederick Douglass born?

3. How many years later does Cluveau die after his confrontation with Jane in “The Chariot of Hell”?

4. Why are Jane and Ned denied passage on the ferry in “Shelter for a Night”?

5. How does the narrator "sign off" in the conclusion of the Introduction?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is the stranger that Ned and Jane encounter in “Hunter”? What is he doing?

3. How is the theme of fear and distrust of whites demonstrated in "Massacre"?

4. Why does Jane turn down the white woman's offer in "Heading South"?

5. How is the narrative of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman structured?

6. How would you describe the language style of Jane's narrative in the novel?

7. How do Ned's and Joe's attempts at overcoming oppression differ?

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

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

10. What advice and assistance do Jane and Ned receive in “An Old Man”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the events surrounding Tee Bob's suicide in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. How does Tee Bob kill himself? Why? What does Tee Bob's death represent symbolically in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the actions of Ned and Joe in relation to the theme of social defiance. How does each of these characters approach overcoming oppression? Whose method is the most effective? Why?

Essay Topic 3

How does the narrative structure of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman relate to the themes in the novel? In what ways does the structure of the story evolve? What is reflected in these transitions?

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