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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the "distinguished tennis chair umpire" described in Chapter 2 as "the most notorious of Serena's detractors"?

2. 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"?

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

4. Where has Judith Butler taught since 1993?

5. What does the world say about memory and the past, according to the author in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What symbolism can be seen in Chapter 4?

4. Who is Hennessy Youngman and what is discussed regarding him in Chapter 2?

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

6. Why is the friend upset about hiring an African American in Chapter 1?

7. What theme stands out in Chapter 3?

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

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

10. Who is Judith Butler and why does the author cite her in Chapter 3?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Don Imus and the controversy described in Chapter 3. Whom did Imus make racist slurs against? What were the repercussions of Imus's comments? How did Imus's comments influence racial tensions in the country?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of the pain of prejudice in Citizen: An American Lyric. How does the author develop this theme through symbolism and imagery? How is it developed through the scenarios presented by the author?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the experiences of Serena Williams described in the text. What were the obstacles that Serena Williams faced? How did Serena Williams cope with those obstacles? Why does the author use Serena Williams as an example in the book?

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