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 does the author remember about Manhattan?

2. Why does the author apologize to his son?

3. Who took care of the author's son while his mother was away?

4. What event did the author witness on September 11, 2001?

5. According to the author, what has his son never feared?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why did the author move to New York?

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

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

8. Why is the author's fear of his son seeing him arrested greater than his fear of being arrested?

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

10. What reasons does the author give for Prince Jones' behavior prior to his death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Malcom X was one of the greatest, if the not the greatest, literary influence in the author's life. Malcom X was assassinated in February of 1965. How might this knowledge have shaped the influence Malcom X had over the author, who was born ten years after Malcom's death? Using your own knowledge of world history, what aspects of Malcolm X's beliefs might have shaped the author's depiction of the racist role of America?

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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