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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the name of Hennessy Youngman's internet series that the author discusses in Chapter 2?
(a) "Art Thoughtz."
(b) "Wonderworks."
(c) "Life Rules."
(d) "Web Rulez."

2. What does the world say about memory and the past, according to the author in Chapter 4?
(a) To question it.
(b) To forget it.
(c) To analyze it.
(d) To embrace it.

3. The author describes Hennessy Youngman in Chapter 2, saying that "He advises black artists to cultivate" what?
(a) "An expression of desire."
(b) "A wider world-view."
(c) "An angry nigger exterior."
(d) "A beacon of yesterday."

4. Why does the woman at the cafe tell the author her son was not accepted at the college of her choice in Chapter 1?
(a) Because of his failing grades.
(b) Because of his lack of ambition.
(c) Because of affirmative action.
(d) Because of his lack of extracurricular activities.

5. Whom did Serena Williams play in her semifinal matchup in the 2004 Women's U.S. Open?
(a) Venus Williams.
(b) Glenn Ligon.
(c) Mariana Alves.
(d) Jennifer Capriati.

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

7. In Chapter 3, the author writes, "A friend tells you he has seen a photograph of you on the Internet and he wants to know why you look so" what?
(a) "Cerebral."
(b) "Scared."
(c) "Angry."
(d) "Happy."

8. 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) Jayson Musson.
(b) Chris Marker.
(c) Glenn Ligon.
(d) Sherman James.

9. Rankine opens Chapter 4 with the statement that "To live through the days sometimes you moan like" what?
(a) "Children."
(b) "Deer."
(c) "Sheep."
(d) "Slaves."

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

11. What does the author describe the man at the cash register asking her in Chapter 3?
(a) Whether she will be dining in.
(b) Whether she would like to pay by cash or credit.
(c) Whether she is a writer.
(d) Whether she thinks her card will work.

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

13. The author writes in Chapter 3, "After considering Butler's remarks, you begin to understand yourself as rendered" what?
(a) "Hyper-visible in the face of such language acts."
(b) "Silent by the greed of others."
(c) "Entrapped by the fact of race."
(d) "Infuriated by the examples of injustice."

14. 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) Sherman James.
(b) Chris Marker.
(c) Glenn Ligon.
(d) Zora Neale Hurston.

15. How does the author respond when a friend says in Chapter 3, "You are always on sabbatical"?
(a) "I am not."
(b) "I've never taken sabbatical."
(c) "Why not?"
(d) "Easy."

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does the author claim that moaning elicits in Chapter 4?

3. Whom does the author cite with the quote in Chapter 2, "I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background"?

4. What is the name of the girl who sits behind the protagonist in the school room in Chapter 1?

5. What does the author refer to "doubt" as in Chapter 1?

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