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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 the author say he learns about manual labor from Miss Mackie?

2. Why do the blacks at Hampton agree to room with Indians?

3. After Booker and his family move into a small cabin with his stepfather in a salt-mining community, what do they discover about their new home?

4. The author notes that many people who got an inkling of education became:

5. What does Booker comment about the schools in Tuskegee?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Booker purchase an old plantation for the Tuskegee Institute?

2. How do blacks react upon being read the Emancipation Proclamation?

3. Describe the position that General Armstrong offers Booker Washington at Hampton.

4. Describe Booker's experiences as a young man working at restaurants.

5. How do the blacks and the Indians get along at Hampton?

6. How does Booker describe the residents of Tuskegee?

7. How does Booker T. Washington end up overseeing a new school in Tuskegee, Alabama?

8. Describe Mrs. Ruffner and the work Booker does for her.

9. Describe Booker's experience of traveling with an Indian boy who is ill.

10. What does Booker say that many blacks aspire to during the post-Civil War "Reconstruction Period?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Booker helps blacks make tremendous advances. Explain how he helps blacks advance, and how he helps bring blacks and whites together, through the following roles:

1. As a teacher.

2. As a school administrator.

3. As a fund-raiser.

4. As a public speaker.

Essay Topic 2

In his book, Booker T. Washington offers his reflections and tips on public speaking.

1. Summarize what he says about public speaking. Then, offer several specific tips that he provides.

2. What does he say he enjoys about giving speeches? Why is this a worthwhile activity for him?

Essay Topic 3

There are times in his life when Booker learns hard lessons. What are some of the hard lessons Booker learns? How does he maintain a sense of optimism or hope after difficult or disappointing experiences? What prevents him from losing faith in humanity?

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