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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. Betty and Kay reject ______________________.
(a) loud politicians.
(b) all religion.
(c) all boys.
(d) their parents' ideas for their lives.

2. When the narrator tells his mother he is going to a dance, he is actually going ____________________.
(a) to see Tex.
(b) to a bar.
(c) to the movies.
(d) to the horse races.

3. Tex refers to himself as the narrator's __________________.
(a) conscience.
(b) mentor.
(c) babysitter.
(d) mother.

4. How can Morris best be described?
(a) Reserved.
(b) Angry.
(c) Sullen.
(d) Flamboyant.

5. When the narrator spends an evening out with Morris and some other friends he realizes that _____________________ attracts negative attention from others.
(a) just being who they are.
(b) telling crude jokes.
(c) drinking too much.
(d) smoking.

Short Answer Questions

1. Maria thinks that American life is essentially ___________________.

2. Hunton stole the ______________ and several possessions from the man in #91.

3. The narrator mentions __________________ vacation in Chapter 2.

4. What does the narrator desperately seek in his life?

5. Where does the narrator meet Maria during the Summer after they got to know each other?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is William Everett Hunton, and what negative impact does he have on the lives of Annie and the narrator?

2. How did the struggle for acceptance and freedom for lesbians differ from that of gay men?

3. What role does Dr. O'Reilly serve in the narrator's life?

4. What does the narrator think about when he watches Tex and Morris interact?

5. How does the narrator's subway ride further alienate him from what he thinks is normal life?

6. Describe the narrator's first year experiences at college.

7. What is Tex's theory about a man acting on his sexual desires for other men and how does that make the narrator feel about Tex?

8. What are some of the narrator's fundamental beliefs about sexuality?

9. What does the narrator learn about Hunton from an older man with the same name?

10. Why is the narrator the embodiment of sacrificing oneself for the sake of social acceptance?

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