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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. The author describes Hennessy Youngman in Chapter 2, saying that "He advises black artists to cultivate" what?

2. What does the author claim the world says not to wear in the house in Chapter 4?

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

4. Where has Judith Butler taught since 1993?

5. What does the word "denigrate" mean in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is symbolized by the imagery on the cover of Citizen: An American Lyric?

2. What theme stands out in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

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

7. What symbolism can be seen in the imagery in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the author use sunglasses as a symbolic image in the book? What do the sunglasses represent? How are they a metaphor for prejudice and/or overlooking prejudice?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the symbolism of words and language in Citizen: An American Lyric. What does the author compare words to? What power do words and language have? How can words and language hurt?

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