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

2. How does the author describe the love of white families for their children?

3. What did the author notice as he walked the streets of Paris for the first time?

4. From what does the author draw joy?

5. How did the death of Prince Jones affect the author emotionally?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of the author's description of the slave burial plot in southern Manhattan?

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

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

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

5. How is the author disappointed by the lack of education during his Civil War battlefield tour?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare how the events of September 11, 2001 affected the author with how a majority of Americans reacted to the tragedy at the time. Did the attacks eventually unify or divide the nation? Did the author feel a part of that movement? Why or why not? In your opinion, does his opinion represent that of a majority of black Americans?

Essay Topic 2

The author speaks often of a body that is easily broken. The theme of impending violence is an undercurrent that runs throughout the memoir. Is the author referring solely to physical violence or to a deeper emotional state of being? Based off of the author's observations, which might be more damaging in the long run - the threat of physical violence or a constant undercurrent of emotional upheaval?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the different societal views of "The American Dream," or "The "Dream," as the author calls it. What are potential material, social and emotional advantages of living "The "Dream"? Why does Coates warn his son (and others) against the pursuit of "The Dream"?

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