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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. Lou and Maria both know that the narrator ___________________ Sean.
(a) has fallen in love with.
(b) is bored by.
(c) has tired of.
(d) hates.

2. Which of the following does NOT describe the narrator's sexual identity?
(a) It is less of a burden.
(b) It is agonizing.
(c) It is less shame-defined.
(d) It is less of a dark secret.

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

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

5. What will be the barrier to any relationship between Lou and the narrator?
(a) Lou is moving to Los Angeles.
(b) Lou is married.
(c) The narrator's self hatred.
(d) The narrator is too old.

Short Answer Questions

1. What habit does the narrator have that makes Maria angry?

2. The person in #102 instructs the narrator on how to be a better lover and a better ______________.

3. Who is the temperamental roommate who the narrator has for awhile?

4. What is the name of the gay club which is raided by police?

5. What has happened to Paul, the art student?

Short Essay Questions

1. How can Sean's "subhuman" comment be viewed in another context regarding the narrator's letting go of the shame he used to have for his behavior and desires?

2. 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?

3. What does the narrator experience for the first time after a sexual encounter in a subway restroom that he has never experienced before?

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

5. How are the narrator's parents portrayed in the book and what do they want most for their son?

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

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

8. Why does Sean's comment about a group of men having sex in a public restroom as being "subhuman" have a particular sting for the narrator?

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

(see the answer keys)

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