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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. On what street had Mr. Henry been living before taking a room from the MacTeer family?
(a) Fifth Street.
(b) Second Street.
(c) Eighth Street.
(d) Thirteenth Street.
2. What does Claudia recall doing with her baby dolls as a child in Part II?
(a) Adoring them.
(b) Playing dress-up with them.
(c) Dismembering them.
(d) Playing house with them.
3. Who is the narrator of Part I?
(a) Pecola Breedlove.
(b) Claudia MacTeer.
(c) Frieda MacTeer.
4. How is Jane’s father described in the story in Part I?
(a) “Old and senile.”
(b) “Weathered and angry.”
(c) “Skinny and feeble.”
(d) “Big and strong.”
5. 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"?
(a) Make them seem human.
(b) Dehumanize them.
(c) Make them into martyrs.
(d) Justify their actions.
Short Answer Questions
1. In speaking of Pecola’s father in Part I, the narrator says, “Our innocence and faith were no more productive than his” what?
2. The narrator in Part II describes the adults as treating illness in children with what?
3. In the story of Jane from Part I, Jane’s family lives in a house that is what colors?
4. The narrator states in Part II, “The only living thing in the Breedloves' house was” what?
5. How old is Sammy when he lives by the pizza parlor in the narrator’s description from Part II?
Short Essay Questions
1. What information is related to the reader in the brief italicized preface before “Autumn”?
2. 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?
3. What foreshadowing is revealed by the narrator in the end of Part I?
4. How are Claudia’s feelings about Shirley Temple and about baby dolls illustrated in “Autumn”?
5. Why does Pecola Breedlove come to live with the MacTeers in “Autumn”?
6. How is Mr. Henry described in “Autumn”? What is his role in the MacTeer home?
7. For what reason does the Breedlove family stay in the apartment, according to the narrator in “Here is the House…”?
8. What is the primary setting for the novel? How is the author connected to this setting?
9. How does the narrator compare the state of being “put out” with being “outdoors” in “Autumn”?
10. 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?
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