Between the World and Me Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

Ta-Nehisi Coates
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Growing Up Black (pages 21-47).

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did the author find unique about Howard University?
(a) All the students were black, but distinctly unique in culture.
(b) The professors spent time outside with the students.
(c) All the students were wealthy, regardless of race.
(d) Everyone was treated as an equal, regardless of race.

2. Why does the author feel the interview at the beginning of his memoir was a failure?
(a) He was insulted by a caller to the radio station.
(b) The interview was cut short.
(c) No one would comment on his new book.
(d) The interviewer discussed hope for racial peace and equality.

3. What advantages has the author's son had growing up?
(a) A safer neighborhood, better schools and more freedom.
(b) Wealth and private schools.
(c) A black president, social networks, omnipresent media and black culture.
(d) Less racism, the Internet and a world culture.

4. As a child, what baffled the author about the nonviolent protests of the civil rights moment?
(a) He had been raised in a violent society.
(b) Violence is illegal.
(c) He felt the police should have helped more.
(d) Kids should not see violent television.

5. According to the author, who controls the streets of Baltimore?
(a) The parents.
(b) The police.
(c) The crews.
(d) The students.

Short Answer Questions

1. What has been the prevalent emotion in the author's life?

2. According to the author, upon what has America's progress been built?

3. Whose death reminded the author that his world and his son's were one and the same?

4. What type of work did the author's father do?

5. Why did the author refrain from comforting his son when Michael Brown's killers were set free?

(see the answer key)

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