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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How old is Maya when she goes to work for Mrs. Cullinan?
(a) fourteen
(b) ten
(c) eight
(d) twelve

2. What day of the week is exciting and different to Maya?
(a) Sunday
(b) Tuesday
(c) Saturday
(d) Thursday

3. How does Maya feel once she is back in Stamps?
(a) anxious
(b) excited
(c) relaxed
(d) scared

4. Why do some people who live farther away stay at Momma's after the fight?
(a) to join a celebration
(b) they were too tired to walk home
(c) fear of repercussions from white men
(d) to make money on boarding them

5. What does Mr. Freedman order Maya to do?
(a) read a book
(b) take off her clothes
(c) walk his dog
(d) go to school

6. What does Maya wish when she reads books about heroes?
(a) that she was a boy
(b) that she was a princess
(c) that a hero would kill Mr. Freedman
(d) that she would be rescued

7. What does Maya do with her panties after Mr. Freedman attacks her?
(a) show them to her mother
(b) burns them
(c) hides them
(d) throws them away

8. What happens to Mr. Freedman after court?
(a) He rapes her again.
(b) He runs away.
(c) Maya's uncles kill him.
(d) He goes to jail for 20 years.

9. What does Maya see between the preachers during the revival that she has never seen before?
(a) indifference
(b) competition
(c) cooperation
(d) anger

10. Why do Maya and Momma hide Uncle Willie?
(a) They do not want Bailey to know where he is.
(b) The whites are looking for a black man.
(c) His ex-wife is looking for him.
(d) They are playing.

11. Why do Maya and Bailey dislike the Reverend Thomas?
(a) He pinches them on the cheek.
(b) He never remembers their names.
(c) He smells funny.
(d) He preaches too long.

12. How did Uncle Willie become handicapped?
(a) beat up by a white gang
(b) hit by a car
(c) born with it
(d) dropped as a baby

13. Who gives the children peanut patties?
(a) The owner of the candy store
(b) Momma
(c) Uncle Willie
(d) Mrs. Flowers

14. What in the movies reminds Bailey of his mother?
(a) the city of San Fransico
(b) watching the trains go west
(c) the actress, Kay Williams
(d) seeing St. Louis

15. Where does Bailey build a hideaway?
(a) in the woods
(b) down by the creek
(c) at a friend's house
(d) behind the store

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the blacks ask in regard to the whites and judgment?

2. When Louis goes down temporarily how does it feel to the blacks?

3. What do the blacks in Stamps think of Mrs. Flowers?

4. What is a black person risking to speak to a white person, according to Momma?

5. What does Mrs. Cullinan call Maya?

(see the answer keys)

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