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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. To where did the mother of the author's son travel when she turned 30?
(a) Los Angeles.
(b) Atlanta.
(c) Paris.
(d) Rome.

2. According to Solzhenitsyn, "To do evil a human being must first of all believe that what he's doing is _____ " what?
(a) Compulsory.
(b) Necessary.
(c) Required.
(d) Good.

3. What eventually happened to the officer who shot Prince Jones?
(a) He was sent to jail.
(b) He was lynched by a mob.
(c) He returned to work.
(d) He left the police force.

4. According to the author, whom or what do the police reflect?
(a) A broken system.
(b) American values.
(c) A frightened few.
(d) A small minority.

5. Who took care of the author's son while his mother was away?
(a) The author's grandmother.
(b) His step-mother.
(c) The author's mother.
(d) The author.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, how much was the slave population worth at the start of the Civil War?

2. To where did the author move to in 2001?

3. How old was the author's son when Coats first took him along on an interview?

4. How did the man who was evicted from his home react to the presence of the police?

5. What does the author remember about Manhattan?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reasons does the author give for the anger of the man who was having his home repossessed?

2. How, does Coats write, have his eyes been damaged by what he has seen?

3. What reasons does the author give for the woman feeling validated in pushing his son off the escalator?

4. What impact does the death of Prince Jones have on the author?

5. According to the author, how is racism experienced through city planning and real estate?

6. What role has fear played in Samori's (the author's son) life?

7. What does the author mean by every country having an "above" and a "below"?

8. How does the author compare the flight of Abraham Brian to the fear of the modern black man?

9. What revelation does the author have about police officers and authority figures after the September 11 attacks?

10. Why has the author been too afraid to encourage his son to stand up for his rights?

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