Between the World and Me Test | Final Test - Hard

Ta-Nehisi Coates
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the author have to learn from his son's mother?

2. What photographs did the mother of the author's son take while she was away?

3. What excuse did the man on page 112 give for shooting the boy in the car?

4. How was the officer who killed Prince Jones dressed?

5. What question does the author pose about assaulting an officer of the law?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does the author worry that others will tell his son that the lessons he is trying to teach are an unnecessary part of the past?

4. According to the author, how do the behaviors of police departments reflect American values?

5. Why are black children told to be "twice as good"?

6. Why is the author angry and frustrated at the outcome of the investigation of the undercover cop who shot Prince Jones?

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

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

9. What lesson does the mother of the boy on page 112 (Lucia McBath) try to impart to the author's son?

10. Why did the author move to New York?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author spends a great deal of time describing his Mecca, Howard University, as an escape from the fear that once plagued his life as a child on the streets of Baltimore. Keeping in mind that Howard is a private university that not every student can afford, what other Meccas might exist in America that could parallel the author's experience? Are there other places or experiences that could provide a similar bond of safety and community for the black student? If so, what? Is the author's Mecca a physical place or a state of mind? Explain your answer citing examples from the author's work.

Essay Topic 2

How does the author compare his experiences with public education to the expectations that society has for black people? What does it mean when he says that “the schools were not concerned with curiosity,” but with “compliance” ? What statement might the author be making about racial injustice in the American school system?

Essay Topic 3

Amidst multiple examples of police brutality, the author mentions an effort on behalf of some police departments to improve relations with black Americans by diversifying their staff, utilizing body and patrol car cameras and offering sensitivity training. In the same paragraph, he points out that there remains a significant distance between the police and those they are appointed to protect. Does diversity, sensitivity training and the use of cameras allow the citizens of America to build trust or dissociate themselves from the police force? Is is possible to overcome this dissociation of racism between authority and citizenship. If so, how?

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