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

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

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

4. How does the author describe Malcolm X?
(a) Controlled, intelligent, and beyond fear.
(b) Strong, ethical, and powerful.
(c) Fierce, violent, and wild.
(d) Rebellious, irrational, and impulsive.

5. Who were the first white people the author knew on a personal level?
(a) Reporters.
(b) Hippies.
(c) Religious zealots.
(d) His editors.

6. How did the author's father react when another boy stole something from the author?
(a) His father confronted the thief.
(b) His father called the police.
(c) His father beat him.
(d) His father confronted the thief's grandfather.

7. Where is Howard University located?
(a) Atlanta, GA.
(b) Baltimore, MD.
(c) Washington, D.C.
(d) Hampton, VA.

8. What field did the author pursue after he left Howard University?
(a) Music.
(b) Archaeology.
(c) Journalism.
(d) Bookselling.

9. How does the author describe the classroom?
(a) A palace of thought.
(b) The road to freedom.
(c) An open, unending forum of ideas.
(d) A jail of other people's interests.

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

11. According to the author, slavery transfigured black bodies into:
(a) Beasts of burden.
(b) Hollow shells of former men.
(c) Sugar, tobacco, cotton and gold.
(d) Animals.

12. How old was Tamir Rice when he was shot?
(a) 12.
(b) 21.
(c) Two.
(d) Six.

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

14. Coats explains that the young men who walk the streets of Baltimore loud and rude do so because:
(a) They are uneducated and don't know any better.
(b) It is their way of being friendly.
(c) They are uncultured and wild.
(d) It gives them a sense of security and power.

15. What type of work did the author's father do?
(a) Custodian for Baltimore public schools.
(b) Research librarian at Howard University.
(c) Police officer for Baltimore City.
(d) Freelance writer and journalist.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the author and his friends illegally obtain alcohol when they were underage?

2. What does the author tell his son about promises?

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

4. What acclaimed history book did Chancellor William write?

5. What is "the Yard"?

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