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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is described as “still trotting up and down Sixteenth Street talking to herself” in Part II?
(a) Baby Jenny.
(b) Miss Bertha.
(c) Miss Forrester.
(d) Auntie Julia.

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

3. What color is Jane’s dress in the story from Part I?
(a) Green.
(b) Orange.
(c) Brown.
(d) Red.

4. What does Claudia recall doing with her baby dolls as a child in Part II?
(a) Playing dress-up with them.
(b) Playing house with them.
(c) Adoring them.
(d) Dismembering them.

5. In the story of Jane from Part I, Jane’s family lives in a house that is what colors?
(a) Green and gold.
(b) Green and white.
(c) Blue and green.
(d) Gold and blue.

6. In speaking of Pecola’s father in Part I, the narrator says, “Our innocence and faith were no more productive than his” what?
(a) “Evil and sadness.”
(b) “Criminal behavior.”
(c) “Lust or despair.”
(d) “Immoral thinking.”

7. How is Jane’s father described in the story in Part I?
(a) “Old and senile.”
(b) “Big and strong.”
(c) “Skinny and feeble.”
(d) “Weathered and angry.”

8. 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?
(a) “Guilty.”
(b) “Informed.”
(c) “Enlightened.”
(d) “Moved.”

9. Of what dancer does Claudia say in Part II “was my friend, my uncle, my daddy, and who ought to have been soft-shoeing it and chuckling with me”?
(a) Chuck E. White.
(b) Louis Armstrong.
(c) Bojangles.
(d) Fred Astaire.

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

11. Who does Frieda say told her about menstruation in Part II?
(a) Pecola.
(b) Mildred.
(c) Sammy.
(d) Claudia.

12. In Part II, the narrator says that “drunken men with sober eyes sing in the lobby” of what hotel?
(a) “The English hotel.”
(b) “The Spanish hotel.”
(c) “The Greek hotel.”
(d) “The Polish hotel.”

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

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

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) Villanucci.
(b) Yacobowski.
(c) Williams.
(d) MacTeer.

Short Answer Questions

1. The narrator in Part II says that her family’s house is “old, cold” and what color?

2. In the story of Jane from Part I, Jane’s house has a door that is what color?

3. The author describes "seeing oneself preserved in the amber of" what, in the novel's Foreword?

4. What does Jane’s father do when Jane asks him to play in the story from Part I?

5. 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?

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