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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 does the author imagine white parents might tell their children?
(a) Take twice as much.
(b) Be twice as nice.
(c) Be twice as successful.
(d) Be twice as fearful.

2. Whom does the author describe as the "below of the country"?
(a) The police.
(b) Himself and all black people.
(c) The poor and uneducated masses.
(d) All politicians and people of power.

3. What regret does the author have about the incident with his son and the escalator?
(a) That a pleasant evening was ruined.
(b) That his son might have seen him arrested.
(c) That his son learned about violence.
(d) That the woman was not punished for shoving a child.

4. Why did the author want to return to Paris with his son?
(a) He wanted to send his son to a French school.
(b) He wanted his son to experience life without fear.
(c) He wanted to become a French citizen.
(d) He wanted his son to learn French.

5. Why was the author's son pushed off the escalator?
(a) He was afraid to step off the platform.
(b) He was moving slowly.
(c) He was trying to walk up the escalator.
(d) He had fallen asleep.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author describe Prince Jones?

2. What does the author witness while researching a story on the history of segregation in Chicago?

3. According to the author, this son has been cast into "a race in which the wind is always at your face and _____" what?

4. Why was the man on page 112 arguing with the boy in the car?

5. Who was Abraham Brian?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the author, how does the fear of losing one's life promote violence?

2. What in the significance of the author's vision of Prince Jones in the museum?

3. According to Coats, how have the American legal system and the banking industry conspired together to create the illusion known as "The Dream"?

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

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

6. Why did the thought of encountering the Prince George's County patrol officer frighten the author?

7. How does the death of the boy on page 112 (Jordan Davis) reinforce the author's theory that the "Dream" is dangerous?

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

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

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

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