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. The dead boy's mother channeled her anger into _____.

2. Whose image does the author see while at a museum?

3. According to the author, what part of his body has suffered the most?

4. How did the Internet affect the author's writing?

5. According to the author, "In America, it is traditional to destroy the _____" what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When the killer of Michael Brown was set free, Samori (the author's son) was overwrought with anger and sorrow. The author could not bring himself to console his son, although he did sit with him as Samori grieved. Why did Coates find himself unwilling to console his son? Why were things "not going to be okay"? What lesson was Coates trying to teach his son in that moment?

Essay Topic 2

The author often refers to white people as those who "believe themselves white." He also speaks often of dissociation. How might the concept of race and dissociation be related in America today? Is race a genetic or social construct?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout history, defining oneself as Black was a matter of both appearance as well as culture. There were people who chose to define themselves as White/Caucasian as a means of improving their social status. Describe how the author defines “blackness” in current American society. How did his experiences with other people, such as the girl from California who had relatives in India, the girl with dreadlocks raised by a Jewish mother, and the Howard professor who was in an open marriage to a white woman affect his view of what it meant to be a Black person?

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