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The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison

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1. Which of the following is a distinguishing characteristic of Pauline Breedlove?

2. Why does Pecola stay briefly with the MacTeers?

3. Who lives above the Breedloves’ apartment?

4. Where does Mrs. Breedlove work?

5. What important event occurs when Pecola is staying with the MacTeers?

6. Who hates white baby dolls?

7. Who raises Cholly?

8. Which of the following characters is still alive when the story ends?

9. What flowers do Claudia and Frieda plant to save Pecola’s baby?

10. Where does most of the action in the novel take place?

11. Which of the following DOES not happen to Pecola after her father rapes her?

12. In what way is Pecola’s wish for blue eyes fulfilled at the end of the story?

13. What happens when Cholly finds his father?

14. What happens after Aunt Jimmy’s funeral?

15. Who takes refuge in the movies?

16. What happens to Sammy at the end of the story?

17. Whose cat is Pecola blamed for killing?

18. What is Pauline doing when she meets Cholly?

19. Who temporarily befriends Pecola after Pecola is teased by a group of boys?

20. Why does Henry Washington send Claudia and Frieda out for ice cream?

21. What kind of pets does Junior have?

22. What is peculiar about Maureen Peal’s hands?

23. Why does Mrs. Breedlove have a limp?

24. What was the Breedloves’ apartment formerly used as?

25. What is Soaphead Church’s occupation?

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