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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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?
(a) Chris Marker.
(b) Glenn Ligon.
(c) Jayson Musson.
(d) Sherman James.

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

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

4. What word from Chapter 2 means to have commercialized something?
(a) Extradicted.
(b) Codified.
(c) Mollified.
(d) Commodified.

5. Where does the author describe rushing to meet a friend in the beginning of Chapter 3?
(a) Chicago.
(b) Santa Monica.
(c) Berkeley.
(d) Oakland.

6. The author writes in Chapter 1, "If this were a domestic tragedy, and it might well be, this would be your fatal flaw." What is the fatal flaw she describes?
(a) "Your blackness."
(b) "Your memory, vessel of your feelings."
(c) "Your belief in a system of justice."
(d) "Your ambition and hopes for progress."

7. The author claims in Chapter 1, "A friend argues that Americans battle between the 'historical self' and" what?
(a) "The 'self self.'"
(b) "The 'future self.'"
(c) "The 'cultural self.'"
(d) "The need for power."

8. What radio host is cited by the author in Chapter 3 for insulting a women's basketball team with racist slurs in Chapter 3?
(a) Alex Jones.
(b) Howard Stern.
(c) Glenn Ligon.
(d) Don Imus.

9. The author says in Chapter 4 that "truth be told, you could no more control those sighs than" what?
(a) "The oppression of my people."
(b) "The lies of history."
(c) "That which brings the sighs about."
(d) "You could control your own mind."

10. What does the author claim that moaning elicits in Chapter 4?
(a) Pity.
(b) Empathy.
(c) Laughter.
(d) Sorrow.

11. What does the word "denigrate" mean in Chapter 3?
(a) To elevate someone.
(b) To criticize unfairly.
(c) To leave a situation.
(d) To imply.

12. What does the author describe buying from the cashier when out with her friend in Chapter 3?
(a) A sandwich and a Pellegrino.
(b) A steak and a glass of wine.
(c) A dress and heels.
(d) A college textbook.

13. Who is the performer who invented the persona of Hennessy Youngman?
(a) Glenn Ligon.
(b) Zora Neale Hurston.
(c) Chris Marker.
(d) Jayson Musson.

14. What film does the author describe seeing with a friend in Chapter 1?
(a) The Color Purple.
(b) The House We Live In.
(c) Tomorrow's Child.
(d) Amistad.

15. 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 loss."
(b) "In black."
(c) "In celluloid."
(d) "In isolation."

Short Answer Questions

1. What tennis tournament have the Williams sisters boycotted since 2001?

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

3. What word in Chapter 4 refers to a contemplative person?

4. The author describes hearing two men outside a conference room in Chapter 3, when one says to the other that "being around black people is like" what?

5. In Chapter 3, the author describes Judith Baker discussing what makes language hurtful. She writes that Baker's response is "We suffer from the condition of being" what?

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