Between the World and Me Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Ta-Nehisi Coates
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the author tell his son about responsibility?
(a) He is responsible for his family.
(b) Responsibility comes with a price.
(c) He is only responsible for himself.
(d) He is responsible for his body and the bodies of others.

2. What did the author's mother urge him to do when he was in trouble at school?
(a) Draw.
(b) Run.
(c) Write.
(d) Fight.

3. What did the girl with the long dreads teach the author?
(a) French.
(b) Distrust.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Compassion.

4. What has been the prevalent emotion in the author's life?
(a) Hope.
(b) Anger.
(c) Fear.
(d) Joy.

5. What is "The Mecca" that the author describes to his son?
(a) His father's collection of books.
(b) The culture of the student body at Howard University.
(c) His poetry notebook.
(d) His mother's collection of vintage vinyl.

6. How did the author's father react when the author threatened his 9th grade teacher?
(a) His father confronted the teacher.
(b) His father called the police.
(c) His father confronted the principal.
(d) His father beat him.

7. How did the author and his friends illegally obtain alcohol when they were underage?
(a) They would make corn liquor at home in the bathtub.
(b) They would steal it from the liquor store.
(c) They would steal it from their parents.
(d) There were men of legal drinking age who would purchase it for them for a fee.

8. What did the author's father collect?
(a) Guns.
(b) Books.
(c) Art.
(d) Cigars.

9. According to the author, it is important that whether one wins or loses the fight, who should be by your side?
(a) Family.
(b) Pride.
(c) God.
(d) Friends.

10. Which name symbolically means "The Struggle"?
(a) Malcom.
(b) Ta-Nehisi.
(c) Samori.
(d) Luther.

11. How did the author's father discipline him?
(a) In time-out.
(b) With a belt.
(c) By slapping his face.
(d) By taking his phone.

12. For whom was the author's son named?
(a) Samori Touré.
(b) Martin Luther King.
(c) Malcom X.
(d) Robert Hayden.

13. According to the author, navigating the streets of Baltimore is like a:
(a) Playground.
(b) Warzone.
(c) Series of trick questions.
(d) Battlefield.

14. What 1986 event helped solidify the author's view that violence is inevitable?
(a) His mother iwa mugged.
(b) His father was shot.
(c) He fired his first weapon.
(d) A teenage boy pulled a gun.

15. What is "The Dream" that Coats refers to?
(a) Principles set out by the Declaration of Independence.
(b) The ability of every person to achieve their personal goals.
(c) Hope for the future.
(d) The misconception that all Americans, regardless of race, can achieve success.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, what is the purpose of defining races of people?

2. Who said, "Either I can beat him, or the police"?

3. What is the "one-drop" rule?

4. According to the author, there is no difference between his son and which murdered 17-year-old?

5. According to the author, slavery transfigured black bodies into:

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