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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

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

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

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"?
(a) Sherman James.
(b) Zora Neale Hurston.
(c) Jayson Musson.
(d) Chris Marker.

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

5. The author writes in Chapter 1, "You are reminded of a conversation you had recently, comparing the merits of sentences constructed implicitly with 'yes, and' rather than" what?
(a) "No."
(b) "No, and."
(c) "No, but."
(d) "Yes, but."

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the school girl attend school in Chapter 1?

2. What tennis superstar expressed his shock that Serena Williams was able to hold it together after losing the semifinal match in the 2004 Women's U.S. Open?

3. Whom did Serena Williams play in her semifinal matchup in the 2004 Women's U.S. Open?

4. How old does the author describe the school girl in Chapter 1?

5. What word from Chapter 3 means lacking normal clarity or intelligibility in speech or thought?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the author describe Serena Williams in Chapter 4?

2. How would you describe the narrative style of Chapter 1? What is significant about the narrative style?

3. What is signified and alluded to by the picture of the Rutgers women's basketball team in Chapter 3?

4. How does the narrator respond when she is called a derogatory name by a friend in Chapter 3?

5. What theme predominates Chapter 2 of Citizen: An American Lyric?

6. What symbolism can be seen in Chapter 4?

7. What conclusion does the author reach in Chapter 4?

8. How does the narrator respond when called by the wrong name by a woman at work in Chapter 3?

9. What realization does the author reach in Chapter 3?

10. What happens in the narrative at the Catholic school in Chapter 1?

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