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

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

3. What important skills did the author's mother teach him?
(a) How to cook and clean his clothes.
(b) How to read and write.
(c) How to pray.
(d) How to stretch a dollar.

4. Who is the Tolstoy of the Zulus, according to Coats?
(a) Tolstoy.
(b) Medici.
(c) Wiley.
(d) Nzinga.

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

6. Who said, "Either I can beat him, or the police"?
(a) The author's grandmother.
(b) The author's mother.
(c) The author's father.
(d) The author.

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

8. Whose death reminded the author that his world and his son's were one and the same?
(a) Michael Brown.
(b) Michael Jackson.
(c) The author's grandmother.
(d) The author's father.

9. Who is Linda Heywood?
(a) An American poet.
(b) A Howard professor specialized in Central Africa.
(c) A musician the author met at The Mecca.
(d) A protester from the Lawn.

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

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

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

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

14. How old was the author when his son was born?
(a) 24.
(b) 21.
(c) 18.
(d) 30.

15. What essential question does the author pose in his memoir?
(a) When will America be one?
(b) Who am I?
(c) How can all people groups coexist?
(d) How do I live free in this black body?

Short Answer Questions

1. Who were the first white people the author knew on a personal level?

2. According to the author, how does racism affect the body?

3. Whom does the author describe as his "wedding ring"?

4. What surprised the author about the sixteenth and seventeenth century portraits of Africans?

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

(see the answer keys)

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