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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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?
(a) “Honorable.”
(b) “Beautiful.”
(c) “Inevitable.”
(d) “Legitimate.”

2. In the second narrative of the Jane story in Part I, what is missing?
(a) Every noun.
(b) Every other word.
(c) Punctuation and capitalization.
(d) Spacing.

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

4. On what street had Mr. Henry been living before taking a room from the MacTeer family?
(a) Thirteenth Street.
(b) Fifth Street.
(c) Eighth Street.
(d) Second Street.

5. The author states in the book’s Foreword, “Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was" what?
(a) “Something to cherish.”
(b) “Something that could inspire.”
(c) “Something one could do.”
(d) “Something that could remind.”

6. What does the narrator say has become of Pecola’s father in Part I?
(a) He has died.
(b) He’s become President.
(c) He has left town.
(d) He has become rich.

7. The author states in the novel's Foreword, "There can't be anyone, I am sure, who doesn't know what it feels like to be" what "momentarily or for sustained periods of time"?
(a) “Disembodied and alienated.”
(b) “Villain-ized or victimized.”
(c) “Victimized, or traumatized.”
(d) “Disliked, even rejected.”

8. What does Jane’s mother do when Jane asks her to play in the story from Part I?
(a) She runs off.
(b) She cries.
(c) She screams.
(d) She laughs.

9. The author describes the burgeoning self-esteem of children as “before their ego has” what, in the book’s Foreword?
(a) “A brain.”
(b) “Legs.”
(c) “Arms.”
(d) “A stomach.”

10. In the book’s Foreword, the author writes that the book arose from a conversation she had with a childhood friend who wished that she had what?
(a) Freckles.
(b) Green eyes.
(c) Blue eyes.
(d) Blond hair.

11. Whose image is on the milk cup that Frieda brings to Pecola in Part II?
(a) B.B. King's.
(b) Henry Ford's.
(c) Shirley Temple’s.
(d) Teddy Roosevelt’s.

12. 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) “A realistic one.”
(b) “A representative one.”
(c) “An imaginative one.”
(d) “A classic one.”

13. 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 sands of time.”
(b) “The unyielding earth.”
(c) “The savage animals.”
(d) “The infinite sky.”

14. Who is the narrator of Part I?
(a) Frieda MacTeer.
(b) Claudia MacTeer.
(c) Pecola Breedlove.
(d) Poland.

15. What does Toni Morrison refer to as the “most delicate member of society” in the book’s Foreword?
(a) An old woman.
(b) An old man.
(c) A child.
(d) A new bride.

Short Answer Questions

1. What magic trick does Mr. Henry perform when he meets the narrator and her sister in Part II?

2. Where is the abandoned store that is described in Part II as “on the southeast corner of Broadway and Thirty-fifth Street”?

3. According to Toni Morrison in the book’s Foreword, “The extremity of Pecola's case stemmed largely from" what?

4. The author describes The Bluest Eye as having begun as a bleak narrative of what in the Foreword?

5. What kind of car is Rosemary sitting in while she eats bread and butter in the beginning of Part II?

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