1 To what does the word "yellow" refer? The bean eaters' courage The color of their clothes The color of the walls The bean eaters' complexion 2 In what collection of poetry did "The Bean Eaters" first appear? We Real Cool In the Mecca The Bean Eaters A Street in Bronzeville 3 Which of the following lines is an example of verbal irony? Two who are Mostly Good Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood As they lean over the beans in their rented back room Dinner is a casual affair 4 Which of the following is NOT scattered about their apartment? Tobacco crumbs Beads Receipts Cigarette butts 5 What is the difference between twinklings and twinges? They mean pretty much the same thing. Twinklings denotes a painful memory and twinges denotes a fond memory. Twinklings denotes a fond memory and twinges denotes a somehow painful memory. Twinkling denotes a memory about their youth and twinges denotes a more recent memory. 6 Why do the poeple in this poem likely eat beans most days? Because beans reminds them of their younger years. Because beans are a cheap and nutritious food. Because they love beans. Because there is an abundance of beans in Chicago. 7 What is the significance of the fact that they rent their room rather than own it? Because of their sordid past, the bean eaters are not able to own a house in their own names. The bean eaters cannot afford to own a house, so the fact that they are renters reminds us that they live in poverty. There is no significance, it is merely a coincidence. The bean eaters have been swept aside by society, and because they rent their space, they have to continue to fight for a place of their own. 8 What is the meaning of the word "chipware"? Chipware is an early type of software used in naval computers. Chipware is a word invented by Brooks to mean "chipped dinnerware." Chipware is what happens to wooden tables when they start to chip. Chipware is a word invented by Brooks to symbolize the elderly. 9 What is the metrical form of "The Bean Eaters"? The poem lacks regular meter Iambic pentameter Iambic tetrameter Anapestic tetrameter 10 What is the rhyme scheme? ABAB BCBC EFF AABA BCBC EFF AABB CCDD ABA AABA BCDC EFF 11 What do the chipped plates and creaking wood symbolize? The carelessness of the bean eaters. The clumsiness of the bean eaters. The aging of the bean eaters. The fact that they don't take care of their stuff. 12 What is the significance of the phrase "Mostly Good"? It leaves room to imagine the couple as mischievous or rebellious youth. Brooks uses it simply for its sonic quality. It reminds us that they are imperfect people. It tells us that they have guilty consciences. 13 What is the effect of the word "Two" in the poem? The use of numbers reminds us that the poem is about aging. It mimics the sound of an owl hooting: "Two who, two who" It ties the couple into a single unit and blurs their individuality. It is the first time we learn how many people are present in the poem. 14 Where does the couple live? On a street in Bronzeville. In a two bedroom apartment. In a rented back room. In a small house in Chicago. 15 What is the significance of "putting on their clothes" and "putting things away"? The lines are a tender exploration of the ways which they help each other. The lines demonstrate the monotony of their lives as they age. The lines are ironic, because their place is actually a cluttered mess. The lines represent the effort to be presentable, despite their limited means. 16 What kind of flatware does the couple use? Stainless steel Silver Tin Aluminum 17 What does Brooks mean when she writes that they "have lived their day"? They have already experienced the prime of their lives. They just had the best day of their lives. They made the most of their time. Everyone only gets one best day of their life. 18 In which stanza are the members of the couple finally addressed as individuals? The third. The second. The first. They are never addressed seperately. 19 What most closely describes the speaker's tone? Nervous, anxious, clammy Angry, fervent, passionate Sad, somber, depressed Airy, nonchalant, dispassionate 20 Which of the following contains alliteration? Dinner is a casual affair. Remembering, with twinklings and twinges, Two who are Mostly Good. Tin flatware. 21 When was the poem first published in print? 1968 in In the Mecca 1991 in Report from Part One 1960 in The Bean Eaters 1959 in Poetry magazine 22 Which publishing company first published the collection by the same name? Riverhead Broadside Press Harpers Penguin 23 In which category does D.H. Melhem place "The Bean Eaters" in the context of the entire collection? Social (relational) Political (general) Political (current) Miscellaneous 24 The bean eaters are... A couple who believes in the magic properties of beans to turn them young again. An aging Black couple who copes with their boredom by reminiscing about their younger years. An agining Black couple who, despite living in poverty, finds ways to have excitement in their lives. A couple in Bronzeville who won the lottery but still eats beans every night to keep them humble. 25 A twinge is a... A small, flexible branch from a tree. A type of ornamental shredding on the edge of a fabric. Moral or emotional pang. A sparkle on the surface of water.