The Bluest Eye Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Pecola say Maginot Line’s real name is in Part IV?

2. What is Geraldine’s son called in Part III?

3. Claudia says of the girls who come from places like Mobile and Aiken that they acquire skills in order to get rid of “the funkiness” of what?

4. Who had at one time been the idols of Geraldine’s son, according to the narrator in Part III?

5. Where does Frieda say she’s going to get potato chips while Claudia goes to buy ice cream with the money Mr. Henry gave them in Part III?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who do Claudia and Frieda encounter leaving their house when they return from Miss Bertha’s store in Part III?

2. How is Geraldine’s family described in “See the Cat…”? Upon what does Geraldine focus her affection?

3. How does the narrator describe her father’s face in the opening of “Winter”? What imagery is used?

4. How is Cholly Breedlove’s childhood described in “See Father…”? Who raised Cholly?

5. What misunderstanding at the ice cream parlor contributes to the growing tension between Claudia and Maureen in “Winter”?

6. How does the narrator describe the blooming flowers and twigs in the opening of “Spring”?

7. Why does Frieda tell Claudia has happened with Mr. Henry in the beginning of Part IV?

8. What leads to Claudia and Frieda buying snacks at Miss Bertha’s in Part III?

9. What are the perceptions of Claudia and Frieda as they wait to leave with Pecola from her mother’s workplace in “Spring”?

10. How does the fresh cobbler come to be spilled in “Spring”? Who spills it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of “the other” in The Bluest Eye. How is Pecola a metaphorical representation of “the other”? How is her outsider status important to the novel’s narrator? Why do Frieda and Claudia attempt to make Pecola feel less like an outsider?

Essay Topic 2

In Part I, the narrator claims, “There is really nothing more to say--except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how.” What do you think the differences are between “why” and “how” in literature and in life? Do you think that the narrator effectively answers these questions in the narrative?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the feelings of guilt and shame that Frieda experiences after her encounter with Mr. Henry. Do you think that Frieda’s parents, friends, or other adults could have made it easier for Frieda by telling her that it wasn’t her fault? Why do you believe the adults did not do this?

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