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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 narrator has harbored fantasies about ________________________.
(a) committing suicide.
(b) killing his father.
(c) becoming a woman.
(d) moving to Europe.

2. What has the narrator written?
(a) Play.
(b) Biography.
(c) Novel.
(d) Screenplay.

3. The narrator has been accepted into a graduate program at what university?
(a) Stanford.
(b) Yale.
(c) Duke.
(d) Harvard.

4. How does the narrator meet Sean?
(a) He had a bathroom encounter with him.
(b) He came to the apartment looking for the Russian dancer.
(c) He produced a play which the narrator wrote.
(d) He met him at a gay bar.

5. The narrator is angry when the magazine he works for publishes an article denouncing ______________________.
(a) the war in Vietnam.
(b) the emerging gay rights movement.
(c) the hippie movement.
(d) women's lib.

Short Answer Questions

1. Lou is jealous of ______________.

2. The narrator's sister who lives in ______________ visits him in New York City.

3. Who is Sean?

4. How does the narrator describe the hair of the girl on the subway?

5. Why does Maria move to the city in #134?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the author's using the present tense for scene in which the narrator engages in group sex in the subway restroom?

2. What does the narrator come to learn about Lou and what factor will probably preclude his and Lou's relationship from becoming too serious?

3. What is the significance of the narrator's sister's visit and her revelation of being a lesbian?

4. How did the poverty-stricken lives of Betts and Buddy mirror the social deprivation during the times they lived through?

5. What changes the narrator's mind about having a sex change operation?

6. What happens to the narrator after Sean is gone?

7. What eventually happens to Sean who is conflicted by his own identity?

8. What are a couple of topics that Lou tries to educate the narrator on?

9. What does the narrator consider for his life after Paul commits suicide in order to leave a world that rejects people like him?

10. How does the narrator's decreasing shame mirror what is going on in the gay community in general?

(see the answer keys)

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