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

2. What is notable about Morris?
(a) He is extremely tall.
(b) He is deaf and dumb.
(c) He is effeminate.
(d) He is a published author.

3. Who is the patient who the psychiatrist introduces to the narrator?
(a) Annie.
(b) Cheryl.
(c) Denise.
(d) Maggie.

4. The narrator mentions __________________ vacation in Chapter 2.
(a) Christmas.
(b) Summer.
(c) Thanksgiving.
(d) Spring.

5. How can Ivan best be described?
(a) Jovial.
(b) Sad.
(c) Pensive.
(d) Morose.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the narrator "cruise" for men on campus?

2. In what part of the country did the narrator grow up?

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

4. The narrator comments that he is not particularly interested in _______________________.

5. Betty and Kay reject ______________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What role do emotions play in the narrator's sexual relations with other men and the sexual relations of homosexual men in general?

2. With whom does the narrator engage in heterosexual activity and what was the basis for the connections?

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

4. How does the narrator compare his life to the life of the Chinese woman he meets?

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

6. How is Buddhism connected to the narrator's seemingly paradoxical desires for sex with men and also freedom from that desire.

7. What is the nature of the narrator's relationship with Annie and what does she do to embarrass herself while visiting his parents?

8. What does the narrator realize about himself over the course of the novel?

9. 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?

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

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