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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. 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) "Angry."
(b) "Scared."
(c) "Cerebral."
(d) "Happy."

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

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

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 lack of ambition.
(b) Because of his failing grades.
(c) Because of affirmative action.
(d) Because of his lack of extracurricular activities.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When does the author first describe watching the Women's U.S. Open final in Chapter 2?

3. What does the author describe the man at the cash register asking her in Chapter 3?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author describe Serena Williams's career in 2012?

3. How does the author describe Serena Williams's performance in the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open in Chapter 2?

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

5. How is the theme of memory addressed in Chapter 4?

6. What theme stands out in Chapter 3?

7. How does the narrator feel about her experiences described in Chapter 1?

8. Who is Franz Fanon and why does the author cite him in Chapter 2?

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

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

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