Citizen: An American Lyric Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 cited as saying that "skin color cannot be more important than the human being" in Chapter 6?

2. Where was Trayvon Martin killed?

3. The author writes in Chapter 5, "Exactly why we survive and can look back with furrowed brow is" what?

4. Rankine writes in Chapter 5, "You could build a world out of need or you could" do what?

5. What word used by the author in Chapter 5 refers to a thing that represents or stands for something else?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some examples of imagery (simile, metaphor, etc.) in Chapter 5?

2. What scenario does the author present when an unnamed man is arrested in Chapter 6?

3. What theme is explored by the author in examining the Trayvon Martin case in Chapter 6?

4. How is the theme of being forgotten explored in Chapter 6?

5. How are "words" presented in Chapter 5?

6. What does the author say regarding questions and answers in Chapter 6?

7. How is the theme of the pain of prejudice explored in Chapter 6?

8. How does the author describe the effects of Hurricane Katrina in Chapter 6?

9. What is an example of irony in Chapter 5? How does this example serve the work?

10. What does Hurricane Katrina symbolize for the author?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of anger in Citizen: An American Lyric. What is "saleable anger" and how is it employed? What statements does the author make regarding anger? Is anger a positive or negative aspect? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the scenarios presented by the author in Chapter 1. What are the different "characters" presented by the narrator? What do these characters experience? How do their experiences affect them?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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