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Multiple Choice Questions

1. The author writes in Chapter 4 that the past has "turned your flesh into its own" what?
(a) "Slate."
(b) "Blackboard."
(c) "Cupboard."
(d) "Table."

2. What does the author describe the passenger in her car telling her in Chapter 1?
(a) "He didn't care for his family or his friends."
(b) "That his work was examining race in America."
(c) "That his dean is making him hire a person of color when there are so many great writers out there."
(d) "That his wife is leaving him for the dean with whom she's been having an affair."

3. What does the author describe her new therapist specializing in, in Chapter 1?
(a) Trauma counseling.
(b) Anxiety disorders.
(c) Marriage counseling.
(d) Family counseling.

4. When does the author first describe watching the Women's U.S. Open final in Chapter 2?
(a) 2013.
(b) 2009.
(c) 2011.
(d) 2007.

5. What does the author describe Serena Williams doing during the Women's U.S. Open final in Chapter 2?
(a) Exploding in an outburst of rage.
(b) Leaving the court.
(c) Breaking down into tears.
(d) Calling the authorities.

6. The author writes in Chapter 2, "For years you attribute to Serena Williams a kind of resilience appropriate only for those who exist" how?
(a) "In celluloid."
(b) "In black."
(c) "In loss."
(d) "In isolation."

7. What does the author claim "isn't a cure for feeling, it is a clean displacement of effort, will, and disappointment" in Chapter 4?
(a) "Watching tennis."
(b) "Reading the newspaper."
(c) "Writing."
(d) "Watching football."

8. The author concludes Chapter 3 by saying that what "shouldn't be an ambition"?
(a) "Just getting along."
(b) "New paths to progress."
(c) "Justice."
(d) "Reexamining history."

9. Who wrote the following quotation that opens the book: "If they don't see happiness in the picture, at least they'll see the black"?
(a) Chris Marker.
(b) Zora Neale Hurston.
(c) Glenn Ligon.
(d) Sherman James.

10. Where is the school described as being located in Chapter 1?
(a) On Broadway.
(b) On Steinway Street.
(c) On White Plains Road.
(d) On Jackson Street.

11. What word from Chapter 3 means lacking normal clarity or intelligibility in speech or thought?
(a) Astute.
(b) Incoherent.
(c) Articulate.
(d) Inexorable.

12. How old does the author describe the school girl in Chapter 1?
(a) 12.
(b) 16.
(c) 6.
(d) 9.

13. How many bad calls did the umpire detractor make against Serena Williams in her semifinal matchup in 2004?
(a) 2.
(b) 9.
(c) 7.
(d) 5.

14. What word from Chapter 4 refers to a sentimental longing for the past?
(a) Nostalgia.
(b) Recompense.
(c) Allusion.
(d) Cultivation.

15. What does the author say sighing does in Chapter 4?
(a) It encourages.
(b) It entices.
(c) It upsets.
(d) It elicits sympathy.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of Serena Williams's sister?

2. What word from Chapter 2 means ordinary or everyday?

3. What artist stenciled the line "I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background" on canvas, transforming the words into abstractions?

4. The author writes in Chapter 4 that the "sigh is the pathway to" what?

5. On what airline does the author describe sitting in a window seat in Chapter 1?

(see the answer keys)

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