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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) moving to Europe.
(b) becoming a woman.
(c) killing his father.
(d) committing suicide.

2. Who does the narrator consider marrying?
(a) Maria.
(b) Denise.
(c) Shelley.
(d) Annie.

3. Who is Lou?
(a) The building's superintendent.
(b) A wealthy advertising executive.
(c) An ice cream vendor.
(d) A chauffeur.

4. After Lou is engaged, he calls the narrator to tell him that ________________________.
(a) he is the love of his life.
(b) he has cancer.
(c) he is moving away from New York.
(d) he wants him to be his best man at the wedding.

5. How much weight does the narrator lose?
(a) 100 pounds.
(b) 40 pounds.
(c) 10 pounds.
(d) 25 pounds.

Short Answer Questions

1. The narrator evades being drafted into the army by ______________________.

2. What does the narrator's mother tell him when she returns?

3. The narrator's relationship with Sean develops during the time that both John F. Kennedy and ______________ died.

4. What does Sean call a group of men he accidentally encountered having sex in a public bathroom?

5. Where does the narrator spend a lot of time after Sean leaves?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the narrator's parents--and society in general--consider to be a "normal" lifestyle for their son?

3. Who is Lou and how does the narrator meet him?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. Who is Sean and how did the narrator meet him?

10. How does shame get pushed aside in the events leading up to, and after, the Stonewall Inn raids?

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