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Ta-Nehisi Coates
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 represents the nonviolent black man.
(d) He did not finish what he started.

3. How did the author spend most of his time at The Mecca?
(a) Reading and taking notes on black literature and essays.
(b) Absorbing culture and music.
(c) Arguing politics on the Lawn.
(d) Listening to and writing poetry.

4. What is "the Yard"?
(a) A communal green space at Howard University when students gather.
(b) A strip of green grass near the White House where protesters gather.
(c) An area near the docks in Virginia where students gather.
(d) A club in downtown Atlanta.

5. Coats quotes that sixty percent of all young black men who drop out of high school will:
(a) Go to jail.
(b) Die before the age of 25.
(c) End up homeless.
(d) Join the military.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. According to the author, the purpose of the public school system is to:

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

4. What hobby did the author pursue while at Howard University?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What role did religion play in the author's childhood?

2. According to the author, how have American police departments been given the right to destroy black bodies without the fear of recrimination?

3. What is the author's interpretation of "The Dream"?

4. What revelation does the author have about the European perception of Africans during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries?

5. How did fear shape the author's childhood?

6. What influence did Malcom X have on the author as a young man?

7. How does the author use poetry to express his thoughts?

8. What is meant by "Tolstoy is the Tolstoy of the Zulus?"

9. What does the author mean when he asks: "How do I live free in this black body?"

10. For what reasons did the author's father punish him and why?

(see the answer keys)

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