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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the girl behind the school girl ask her to do when they are taking exams in Chapter 1?
(a) To go with her to the restroom.
(b) To lean to the right so she can copy her answers.
(c) To ask the teacher for a pencil.
(d) To tell the teacher that she is going to be sick.

2. How many police cars arrived when the author's friend was harassed while babysitting for her in Chapter 1?
(a) 10.
(b) 2.
(c) 4.
(d) 6.

3. What does the word "iterate" mean in Chapter 4?
(a) To deceive or lie.
(b) To perform or utter repeatedly.
(c) To deplete.
(d) To conjure or invent.

4. 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."

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

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 ambition and hopes for progress."
(b) "Your belief in a system of justice."
(c) "Your memory, vessel of your feelings."
(d) "Your blackness."

7. What is the name of the girl who sits behind the protagonist in the school room in Chapter 1?
(a) Michelle.
(b) Maria.
(c) Sarah Anne.
(d) Mary Catherine.

8. In Chapter 1, the author begins with the statement, "When you are alone and too tired even to turn on any of your devices, you let yourself linger in" what?
(a) "A desperation that you cannot name."
(b) "Your memory, vessel of your feelings."
(c) "A white cloud of rain."
(d) "A past stacked among your pillows."

9. Where has Judith Butler taught since 1993?
(a) Princeton University.
(b) The University of California, Berkeley.
(c) New York University.
(d) The University of Illinois, Chicago.

10. What does the author refer to "doubt" as in Chapter 1?
(a) Visionary.
(b) Implicit.
(c) Inexorable.
(d) Reactionary.

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

12. In Chapter 3, the author writes, "Someone in the audience asks the man promoting his new book on humor what makes something funny. His answer is what you expect." What is the answer he gives?
(a) "Gravity."
(b) "Irony."
(c) "Character."
(d) "Context."

13. Where does the author describe being when she confronts a man for calling a group of teenagers "niggers" in Chapter 1?
(a) Starbucks.
(b) Burger King.
(c) McDonald's.
(d) Subway.

14. What phrase is repeated in the second of the prints that is displayed in Chapter 3?
(a) "Your memory, vessel of your feelings."
(b) "I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background."
(c) "The meaning of life."
(d) "A past stacked among your pillows."

15. What does the "woman with multiple degrees" say she didn't know black women could get, in Chapter 3?
(a) Tuberculosis.
(b) Jobs.
(c) Cancer.
(d) The flu.

Short Answer Questions

1. Rankine opens Chapter 4 with the statement that "To live through the days sometimes you moan like" what?

2. What does the author claim "isn't a cure for feeling, it is a clean displacement of effort, will, and disappointment" in Chapter 4?

3. What does the author describe buying from the cashier when out with her friend in Chapter 3?

4. The author writes in Chapter 3, "After considering Butler's remarks, you begin to understand yourself as rendered" what?

5. How many bad calls did the umpire detractor make against Serena Williams in her semifinal matchup in 2004?

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