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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. "The Beautiful Room is Empty" takes place during the 1950s and 1960s in which country?
(a) Canada.
(b) Australia.
(c) America.
(d) Japan.

2. What type of career does the narrator hope to establish?
(a) Writer.
(b) Therapist.
(c) Artist.
(d) Athlete.

3. Who is Tex?
(a) A bookstore owner.
(b) An assistant professor.
(c) A mechanic.
(d) A bartender.

4. Which of the following is NOT a part of his life that the narrator keeps separate?
(a) His fraternity.
(b) His psychiatric treatments.
(c) His religion.
(d) His sexuality.

5. What is important about the protagonist of the story?
(a) He is a philanthropist.
(b) He is an artist.
(c) He is gay.
(d) He is crippled.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When the narrator tells his mother he is going to a dance, he is actually going ____________________.

3. Which of the following is NOT part of the experiences of lesbian women?

4. Who treats Annie in the hospital emergency room?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator's coming of age as a gay man mirror the coming of age of an entire gay community?

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

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

4. How does the narrator meet Tex and Morris?

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

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

7. With whom does the narrator have his first gay sexual experience and how does he feel about it afterward?

8. What are some of the themes addressed in "The Beautiful Room is Empty"?

9. From what written piece is the name of the book taken, and what does it mean?

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

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