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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. In what year does the author say in the Foreword that she began the “story” that would eventually lead to The Bluest Eye?
(a) 1962.
(b) 1957.
(c) 1938.
(d) 1944.

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

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

4. 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) “Inevitable.”
(d) “Legitimate.”

5. 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) “Victimized, or traumatized.”
(b) “Villain-ized or victimized.”
(c) “Disembodied and alienated.”
(d) “Disliked, even rejected.”

Short Answer Questions

1. The author states in the book’s Foreword that in constructing the narrative she did not want to do what to "the characters who trashed Pecola and contributed to her collapse"?

2. With whom had Mr. Henry been living before taking a room from the MacTeer family?

3. 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”?

4. What is the narrator of Part II’s sister’s name?

5. In speaking of Pecola’s father in Part I, the narrator says, “Our innocence and faith were no more productive than his” what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is the MacTeer home described in “Autumn”? How are the relationships between the children and the adults characterized?

5. According to some critics, the three versions of the reader presented on the first page of The Bluest Eye represent three lifestyles presented in the novel. What does the second version represent?

6. What important symbolic images are presented in the opening “Dick and Jane” reader and the preface in Part I?

7. What information is related to the reader in the brief italicized preface before “Autumn”?

8. Describe the narrative style of the novel. Who narrates the opening passages before “Autumn”?

9. How is the apartment of the Breedlove family described in “Here is the House…”?

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

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