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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What event did the author witness on September 11, 2001?
(a) Hurricane Katrina.
(b) The bombing of the World Trade Center.
(c) The attack on the Twin Towers.
(d) The Great Chicago Fire.
2. How many years pass before the author decided to travel overseas with the mother of his son?
3. Why was the man on page 112 arguing with the boy in the car?
(a) The man wanted to rob the boy.
(b) The boy was pointing a gun at him.
(c) The boy refused to turn down his music.
(d) The boy was trying to run him over with the car.
4. According to the author, some black people justify the destruction of black bodies for the sake of:
(a) Preservation of order.
(b) Controlling the population.
(c) Keeping the police away.
5. What did the dead boy's mother say to the author's son in the chapter "The Dream"?
(a) "You exist. You matter. You have value."
(b) "Be twice as good."
(c) "Never give up. Never surrender."
(d) "Do not speak back or speak up."
6. Why was the author ashamed of his thoughts as he took his four-year-old son to preschool?
(a) He was angry that the teachers were white.
(b) He did not want his son in a multicultural classroom.
(c) He was afraid for his son's safety among all the strange children.
(d) He was jealous of the advantages he was providing for his son.
7. How did the author feel when he strolled his young son through a traditionally white neighborhood?
8. What eventually happened to the officer who shot Prince Jones?
(a) He was lynched by a mob.
(b) He left the police force.
(c) He was sent to jail.
(d) He returned to work.
9. When the author sees a police officer, he automatically thinks:
(a) He is not at fault.
(b) Something is wrong.
(d) Someone is trying to protect him.
10. What does the author imagine white parents might tell their children?
(a) Be twice as successful.
(b) Take twice as much.
(c) Be twice as fearful.
(d) Be twice as nice.
11. According to the author, what part of his body has suffered the most?
(a) His head.
(b) His feet.
(c) His eyes.
(d) His heart.
12. Which Howard University student was shot by a PG County officer shortly after the author's encounter with the police?
(a) The author's wife.
(b) Trayvon Martin.
(c) The girl with the long dreadlocks.
(d) Prince Jones.
13. What did the author notice as he walked the streets of Paris for the first time?
(a) Everyone was ignoring him.
(b) He was not afraid.
(c) There was an odd odor.
(d) Everyone was smiling.
14. What concern does the author have about the lessons he is trying to teach his son?
(a) That his son will be embarrassed by him.
(b) That others will tell his son it is an unnecessary part of the past.
(c) That others will make fun of his son.
(d) That his son will grow bitter and cynical.
15. What did the dead boy's mother decide to do after the trial in the chapter "The Dream"?
(a) Shoot the man who murdered her son.
(b) Plead her son's case before the journalists and writers.
(c) Leave the country.
(d) Attack the judge in court.
Short Answer Questions
1. What regret does the author have about the incident with his son and the escalator?
2. To where did the mother of the author's son travel when she turned 30?
3. How old was the author's son when Coats first took him along on an interview?
4. How does the author describe Prince Jones?
5. What hope does the author have for his son?
This section contains 660 words
(approx. 3 pages at 300 words per page)