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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Mrs. MacTeer exclaims during her diatribe in Part II, “I got about as much business with another mouth to feed as a cat has with” what?
(a) “A wristwatch.”
(b) “Side pockets.”
(c) “A wheelbarrow.”
(d) “A top hat.”

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

3. What is the narrator of Part II’s sister’s name?
(a) Rosemary Villanucci.
(b) Pecola Breedlove.
(c) Maureen Peal.
(d) Frieda MacTeer.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Pecola’s mother demand that Pecola’s father get out of bed and go get for her in their argument in Part II?

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

4. What do the narrator and her sister receive at the start of the school year in Part II?

5. What does Jane’s mother do when Jane asks her to play in the story from Part I?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator discuss regarding property-owning black families and their motivations in “Autumn”?

2. For what reason does the Breedlove family stay in the apartment, according to the narrator in “Here is the House…”?

3. How are Claudia’s feelings about Shirley Temple and about baby dolls illustrated in “Autumn”?

4. Is the setting of the novel focused on a specific societal group, or is the setting inclusive of different racial groups?

5. What is the primary setting for the novel? How is the author connected to this setting?

6. How does the narrator compare the state of being “put out” with being “outdoors” in “Autumn”?

7. How did author Toni Morrison perceive the Civil Rights Movement’s slogan “Black is Beautiful”? How is this seen in the novel?

8. Who takes control of the situation when Pecola suddenly begins menstruating in Part II? How?

9. Describe the “Dick and Jane” reader presented in Part I. How does this excerpt change in each retelling?

10. What do Claudia and Frieda receive at the beginning of the school year in “Autumn”? What conversation consumes “the grownups” in the opening of this chapter?

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