The Bluest Eye Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The narrator in Part I claims that “one must take refuge in” what?
(a) “Why.”
(b) “What.”
(c) “When.”
(d) “How.”

2. The narrator in Part II describes the adults as treating illness in children with what?
(a) Empathy.
(b) Contempt.
(c) Mercy.
(d) Sympathy.

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) Planning to kill her father.
(c) Depressed about life.
(d) Praying for bad weather.

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

5. What magic trick does Mr. Henry perform when he meets the narrator and her sister in Part II?
(a) He pulls a rabbit from a hat.
(b) He makes a penny disappear.
(c) He saws a lady in half.
(d) He makes his thumb disappear.

6. What do the narrator and her sister receive at the start of the school year in Part II?
(a) Plaid skirts and vitamins.
(b) Black shoes and books.
(c) Brown stockings and cod liver oil.
(d) White shirts and pencils.

7. Who calls Mrs. MacTeer and tells her that Claudia, Pecola and Frieda are “playing nasty” in Part II?
(a) Rosemary.
(b) Ada Williams.
(c) Miss Dunion.
(d) Paula Williams.

8. What is Pecola’s father’s name, according to the narrator in Part I?
(a) Anderson Breedlove.
(b) Cholly Breedlove.
(c) Sammy Breedlove.
(d) Soaphead Church.

9. What is Mr. Henry’s last name?
(a) Dunion.
(b) Washington.
(c) Yacobowski.
(d) Whitcomb.

10. Where is Pecola’s father when she goes to stay with the MacTeer family in Part II?
(a) In jail.
(b) In Europe.
(c) In Mexico.
(d) In the hospital.

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

12. The narrator in Part II says that her family’s house is “old, cold” and what color?
(a) Blue.
(b) White.
(c) Green.
(d) Brown.

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

14. 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) “Victimized, or traumatized.”
(c) “Disliked, even rejected.”
(d) “Villain-ized or victimized.”

15. The author describes The Bluest Eye as having begun as a bleak narrative of what in the Foreword?
(a) Psychological murder.
(b) Psychological rape.
(c) Physical burglary.
(d) Physical arson.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what street had Mr. Henry been living before taking a room from the MacTeer family?

2. How old does the narrator say she is in Part II?

3. The author states in the book's Foreword that when one is "hated for things we have no control over and cannot change," it is some consolation to know what?

4. The narrator states in Part II, “The only living thing in the Breedloves' house was” what?

5. The narrator says in Part I that there were no marigolds in the fall of what year?

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