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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 are the graduates of Lafayette Training School expected to become?
(a) doctors and lawyers
(b) politicians
(c) business owners
(d) farmers, maids, handymen and carpenters

2. What does her mother tell Maya about cutting school?
(a) She can transfer to another school.
(b) She can quit school if she wants.
(c) If her work is caught up, she can skip.
(d) She is not supposed to cut classes.

3. What is the "tripartite crossfire" that assaults young black girls?
(a) fear, babies and black men
(b) lack of power, lack of money and self-hatred
(c) ignorance, greed and indifference
(d) prejudice, white hate and a lack of power

4. What does Maya's new stepfather do for work?
(a) basketball player
(b) owns apartment buildings and pool halls
(c) janitor
(d) doctor

5. What does her stepfather teach her about con men?
(a) how to con them
(b) how to join them
(c) how to spot them
(d) to stay away from them

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are Maya and Bailey being sent away?

2. How does Maya prove she is not a lesbian?

3. Why is Maya uncomfortable about her new school in San Francisco?

4. With whom does Maya have adult conversations?

5. How does Maya feel about communication with the dead?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the living arrangements for Maya and her family after her mother marries Mr. Clidell .

2. How does Maya feel about San Francisco as a community?

3. What happens with Dolores when Maya and her father return from Mexico?

4. How does Maya feel about her pregnancy and what does she do?

5. What happens when Maya decides she wants to work on the street car?

6. Describe Maya's reaction to Edward Donleavy's speech about blacks.

7. Describe the reason for George Taylor's visit and the visit itself.

8. Describe Mrs. Taylor's funeral and Maya's reaction.

9. Where does Maya stay after leaving her father's friend's?

10. What happened that upset Bailey so much before he goes to California?

(see the answer keys)

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