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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 does the station agent transport Cora to his home in "North Carolina"?
(a) By leading her in chains.
(b) By hiding her in a wheelbarrow.
(c) By hiding her in a wagon.
(d) By dressing her as a white woman.

2. What does the doctor say led to James's death in "Georgia"?
(a) Kidney failure.
(b) Cancer.
(c) Brain aneurysm.
(d) Heart failure.

3. For how much money was Ajarry first sold after arriving in America?
(a) $239.
(b) $125.
(c) $226.
(d) $450.

4. Who is the boy that Cora received a beating for protecting from Terrance?
(a) Chester.
(b) Caesar.
(c) Sam.
(d) Lovey.

5. What does Cora name the brown mutt that she watches from the attic of the station master's house in "North Carolina"?
(a) Mayor.
(b) Jack.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Socks.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is described as the head of the kitchen workers in "Georgia"?

2. Approximately how old is the "negro girl" that is described in the notice that opens "North Carolina"?

3. In a line from "North Carolina," the narrator says, "The only way to know how long you are lost in the darkness is" what?

4. What is the first room where Cora works at the museum in "South Carolina"?

5. Who is the woman that Cora saw screaming in the street on the night of the social?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ajarry's garden plot mean to Cora?

2. Who is Martin Wells and how is his character described?

3. How are Cora and Caesar greeted when they arrive in South Carolina?

4. Who is Bessie and how is she described in "South Carolina"?

5. What led to the beating that Cora received from Terrance?

6. What is Ridgeway's association with the Randall plantation?

7. What resentments does Cora come to form about her work at the Museum of Natural Wonders?

8. What is Ajarry's relationship with the protagonist? How is her character described in the novel?

9. What is revealed of Dr. Stevens's secret nighttime activities in "Stevens"?

10. How are the motifs of darkness and light explored in "North Carolina"?

(see the answer keys)

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