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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. Why did the narrator claim poor people were the best drivers?
(a) Because they drive stolen cars.
(b) Because they cannot afford insurance.
(c) Because they are hiding from the law.
(d) Because they are talking on phones.

2. For whom did Chubsy-Ubsy have an unrequited love?
(a) Miss Anna Marie.
(b) Miss Crabtree.
(c) Miss Constance.
(d) Miss Darla.

3. The narrator states in Chapter 7 that "One of the many sad ironies of African-American life is that every banal dysfunctional social gathering is called" what (93-94)?
(a) "A pot-luck."
(b) "A gathering."
(c) "A 'function'."
(d) "A get-together."

4. In Chapter 9, the narrator says that "history isn't the paper it's printed on" (144). What does he assert history is instead?
(a) Memory.
(b) A people.
(c) A dream.
(d) Time's passing.

5. What caused Buckwheat's death?
(a) Lymphoma.
(b) Cirrhosis of the liver.
(c) Lung cancer.
(d) Heart attack.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is "ABD" defined by the narrator's father in Chapter 1 (36-37)?

2. The narrator asserts in Chapter 7 that Foy Cheshire's ownership of the most racist Little Rascal films is what?

3. On what date was the narrator summoned to appear at the U. S. Supreme court building in the Prologue?

4. Where does the narrator say his car is parked in the Prologue?

5. For how long did the faked contract read that Hominy had been the narrator's slave when he was emancipated?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where does the narrator describe taking Hominy for "beatings" each Thursday?

2. How is Hominy Jenkins described by the narrator?

3. How is the character of King Cuz described?

4. What happened on the occasions where the narrator attempted to emancipate Hominy?

5. How does the narrator describe Hominy's birthday celebration?

6. Who is Hampton Fiske and how is he described?

7. How did the narrator's father die?

8. What setting is established in the novel's Prologue? How is it described?

9. When and where do the Dum Dum Donut Intellectuals meet?

10. How did the community respond when the narrator began his process of marking the boundaries of Dickens?

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