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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. What is a speculum?
(a) Mirror or looking glass.
(b) A musical instrument.
(c) A part of the large intestine.
(d) A shallow pool of water.

2. What form of payment does White send to Blue?
(a) A personal check.
(b) Cash.
(c) A postal money order.
(d) Gold doubloons.

3. What does the narrator decide from the beginning that he will omit from his book?
(a) Fanshawe's childhood.
(b) Fanshawe's letter to the narrator.
(c) Fanshawe's parents.
(d) Fanshawe's marriage.

4. What is the name of the film about the private eye starring Robert Mitchum that Blue goes to see?
(a) Blast from the Past.
(b) East of Eden.
(c) From Here to Eternity.
(d) Out of the Past.

5. How does the narrator react to being in Fanshawe's room with his things?
(a) He begins to cry.
(b) He is happy and thinks about the good times they had.
(c) He is nervous and wants to leave.
(d) He becomes angry.

Short Answer Questions

1. How will Blue be paid for his work?

2. Who is the editor that the narrator contacts to publish Fanshawe's work?

3. How does Blue enter Black's apartment while he is out?

4. What is the number of the box at the Brooklyn Post Office to which Blue sends his monthly reports?

5. What happens when Blue finally decides to contact the future Mrs. Blue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unusual about the letter that the narrator supposedly receives from Fanshawe? How does this quirk help to convince the narrator of the letter's veracity?

2. According to the narrator's recollection, why does Fanshawe give his birthday gift to Dennis Walden? What is the outcome and why is this incident significant for the narrator?

3. What is difficult for Blue about writing the monthly reports of Black's activities for White to read? What does he want to include in the reports to make them more truthful?

4. What event does Blue leave out of his report that elicits a response from White? What is White's response and what conclusion does Blue draw from this?

5. What does the manuscript contain that Blue takes from Black's apartment after beating him up? How does the story end?

6. What initiates the argument between Sophie and the narrator at the end of Chapter 7? What is the status of their relationship when the narrator leaves for Paris?

7. Which of Fanshawe's works does the narrator choose to show first to the editor? What is the editor's reaction to the work?

8. When Black speaks to Blue about Walt Whitman, what two internal organs does he compare? What do these viscera have to do with the profession of writing?

9. What does Fanshawe do during his trip to the cemetery with the narrator on the day of his father's death? What does his action remind the narrator of from their early childhood?

10. When Blue enters Black's apartment disguised as the Fuller Brush man, what does Black tell Blue his profession is? When Blue later breaks into Black's apartment and steals the papers from his desk, what does he find them to contain?

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