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

2. What hobby did the author pursue while at Howard University?
(a) Bowling.
(b) Poker.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Music.

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

4. Where does the author begin his memoir?
(a) During a riot.
(b) During an interview.
(c) At an auction.
(d) In a bar.

5. What does the author describe as the "enemy of art, courageous thinking and honest writing"?
(a) Science.
(b) Religion.
(c) Public education.
(d) The Dream.

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

7. Which writer inspired the author as a young man?
(a) Malcolm X.
(b) James Baldwin.
(c) Maya Angelou.
(d) Alex Haley.

8. What difference does the author see between his childhood and that of his son?
(a) His son is living in "The Dream."
(b) His son's friends are much wilder than his were.
(c) He had to learn to fight and survive in a more violent environment.
(d) He had more friends than his son does now.

9. What poet inspired the author while at Howard University?
(a) Jack Kerouac.
(b) Robert Hayden.
(c) Maya Angelou.
(d) Robert Frost.

10. The author views the school systems and the streets as:
(a) Opposite ends of a pole.
(b) The different universes.
(c) Arms of the same beast.
(d) Two warring nations.

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

12. According to the author, America believes itself to be:
(a) Exceptional.
(b) Peaceful.
(c) Pure.
(d) Understanding.

13. For how many years were black people enslaved in America?
(a) 250 years.
(b) 100 years.
(c) 150 years.
(d) 50 years.

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

15. What bothers the author about artists like Michael Jackson?
(a) He used cosmetic surgery to appeal to a white fanbase.
(b) His lyrics are without meaning.
(c) He did not finish what he started.
(d) He represents the nonviolent black man.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sorts of toys was the author not allowed to have as a child?

2. Who is the Tolstoy of the Zulus, according to Coats?

3. How does the author describe the classroom?

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

5. How does the author describe Malcolm X?

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