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

2. In the book’s Foreword, the author writes that the book arose from a conversation she had with a childhood friend who wished that she had what?
(a) Green eyes.
(b) Blue eyes.
(c) Blond hair.
(d) Freckles.

3. 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) “A top hat.”
(c) “A wheelbarrow.”
(d) “Side pockets.”

4. With whom had Mr. Henry been living before taking a room from the MacTeer family?
(a) Miss Marie.
(b) Miss Poland.
(c) Miss Erkmeister.
(d) Miss Delia Jones.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is described as “still trotting up and down Sixteenth Street talking to herself” in Part II?

3. What does Claudia recall doing with her baby dolls as a child in Part II?

4. What pet does Jane first attempt to play with in the story from Part I?

5. In the story of Jane from Part I, Jane’s family lives in a house that is what colors?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Pecola pray for every night, according to the narrator in “Here is the Family…”? Why?

3. Why does Pecola Breedlove come to live with the MacTeers in “Autumn”?

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

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. 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 third version represent?

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

9. How is Mr. Henry described in “Autumn”? What is his role in the MacTeer home?

10. What foreshadowing is revealed by the narrator in the end of Part I?

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