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

2. What did the author's father collect?
(a) Cigars.
(b) Art.
(c) Books.
(d) Guns.

3. What does the author tell his son about promises?
(a) No promise is unbreakable.
(b) A promise is worth its weight in gold.
(c) A promise lasts forever.
(d) A man's word is his bond.

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

5. What difference does the author see between his childhood and that of his son?
(a) His son's friends are much wilder than his were.
(b) His son is living in "The Dream."
(c) He had to learn to fight and survive in a more violent environment.
(d) He had more friends than his son does now.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, what do many of his black contemporaries have in common?

2. How old is the author's son at the time the memoir is written?

3. At what age does the author remember witnessing his first street fight?

4. Who is Linda Heywood?

5. What advantages has the author's son had growing up?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author compare his childhood to that of his son?

2. What role did violence play in the author's childhood?

3. How does the author define the word "black"?

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

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

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

7. According to the author, how has the lack of fathers and father-figures affected black children?

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

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

10. What conflicting thoughts does the author have about the civil rights movement of the 1960s?

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