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

2. How old is the narrator’s sister in Part II?
(a) 10.
(b) 2.
(c) 5.
(d) 13.

3. The narrator states in Part II, “The Breedloves did not live in a storefront because they were having temporary difficulty adjusting to the cutbacks at the plant. They lived there because they were poor and black, and they stayed there because they believed” what?
(a) “They were ugly.”
(b) “Their luck would change.”
(c) “God would save them.”
(d) “They did not deserve any better.”

4. The narrator states in Part II, “The only living thing in the Breedloves' house was” what?
(a) “The couch.”
(b) “The coal stove.”
(c) “The bed.”
(d) “The kitchen sink.”

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

6. What pet does Jane first attempt to play with in the story from Part I?
(a) The cat.
(b) The hampster.
(c) The dog.
(d) The goldfish.

7. The author describes "seeing oneself preserved in the amber of" what, in the novel's Foreword?
(a) “Collective memory.”
(b) “Justice.”
(c) “Disqualifying metaphors.”
(d) “Time.”

8. In the story of Jane from Part I, Jane’s house has a door that is what color?
(a) Green.
(b) Red.
(c) White.
(d) Blue.

9. How old does the narrator say she is in Part II?
(a) 15.
(b) 7.
(c) 11.
(d) 9.

10. In the third narrative of the Jane story in Part I, what has been taken away?
(a) Consonants.
(b) Spacing.
(c) Vowels.
(d) Punctuation.

11. What actress does Claudia claim to like, causing her sister and Pecola to give her a puzzled look and consider her incomprehensible, in Part II?
(a) Audrey Hepburn.
(b) Marylin Monroe.
(c) Jane Withers.
(d) Katherine Hepburn.

12. Near what local coal company does the narrator say she sometimes goes in the evenings with grown-ups to fill burlap sacks with coal in Part II?
(a) Johnson's Coal Company.
(b) Howard’s Coal Company.
(c) Murphy's Coal Company.
(d) Zick’s Coal Company.

13. According to Toni Morrison in the book’s Foreword, “The extremity of Pecola's case stemmed largely from" what?
(a) “Societal pressures.”
(b) “The poorest of luck.”
(c) “A crippled and crippling family.”
(d) “A series of bad choices.”

14. 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) “Beautiful.”
(b) “Honorable.”
(c) “Legitimate.”
(d) “Inevitable.”

15. The girl who is described as the narrator’s “next-door friend who lives above her father’s café” in Part I is named Rosemary what?
(a) Williams.
(b) MacTeer.
(c) Yacobowski.
(d) Villanucci.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is “that trifling Peggy” said to be from in Part II?

2. What is Pecola’s father’s name, according to the narrator in Part I?

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

4. How old is Pecola when she lives by the pizza parlor in the narrator’s description in Part II?

5. In what year does the author say in the Foreword that she began the “story” that would eventually lead to The Bluest Eye?

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