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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. What did the girl with the long dreads teach the author?
(a) Poetry.
(b) Distrust.
(c) French.
(d) Compassion.

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

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

4. How old is the author's son at the time the memoir is written?
(a) Two.
(b) 15.
(c) 21.
(d) Six.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How old was the author when his son was born?

2. Where is Howard University located?

3. What difference does the author see between his childhood and that of his son?

4. How does the author describe his experience in the Baltimore public schools?

5. Where did the author meet the mother of his son?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why did the author's mother encourage him to write?

4. How important were books to the author as he was growing up?

5. What assumptions does the author make about PG County (Prince George's County) police officers and why?

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

7. According to the author, what is the purpose of the public school system?

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

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

10. What does the author mean when he says the school system and the streets are "two arms of the same beast"?

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