The Bluest Eye Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 1.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator says in Part I, “What is clear now is that of all of that hope, fear, lust, love, and grief, nothing remains but Pecola and” what?
(a) “The infinite sky.”
(b) “The savage animals.”
(c) “The unyielding earth.”
(d) “The sands of time.”

2. In what year does the author say The Bluest Eye began to take the form of a book in the Foreword?
(a) 1958.
(b) 1965.
(c) 1969.
(d) 1954.

3. The narrator in Part I says that at first they thought there were no marigolds that fall because Pecola was what?
(a) Having her father’s baby.
(b) Praying for bad weather.
(c) Planning to kill her father.
(d) Depressed about life.

4. The narrator says in Part I that there were no marigolds in the fall of what year?
(a) 1927.
(b) 1936.
(c) 1941.
(d) 1932.

5. The author states in the Foreword, “In trying to dramatize the devastation that even casual racial contempt can cause I chose a unique situation, not" what?
(a) “An imaginative one.”
(b) “A realistic one.”
(c) “A representative one.”
(d) “A classic one.”

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Jane’s father described in the story in Part I?

2. What pet does Jane first attempt to play with in the story from Part I?

3. The author states in the Foreword that her concept of breaking the narrative of the novel into parts "didn't work" because many readers "remain touched but not" what?

4. The author writes in the novel's Foreword that when she began writing The Bluest Eye, she was interested in the "far more tragic and disabling consequences of accepting rejection as" what?

5. The narrator in Part I claims that “one must take refuge in” what?

(see the answer key)

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