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. The author writes in Chapter 6, "In a landscape drawn from an ocean bed, you can't drive yourself" what?

2. The author claims in Chapter 5 that "the conversations you have with your eyes translate" what?

3. What word does the author use in Chapter 5 to mean a thing that blocks one's way?

4. What word from Chapter 6 refers to something suitable to become the subject of a lawsuit?

5. Who were the Jena Six convicted of beating?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Hurricane Katrina symbolize for the author?

3. What scenario does the author describe while waiting at a bar of a restaurant in Chapter 5?

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

5. How does the narrator describe overcoming her inner struggle in the conclusion of Chapter 5?

6. What theme is explored when the narrator describes her experience in the drug store in Chapter 5?

7. How does the author compare the Rodney King beating and the death of Mark Duggan in Chapter 6?

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

9. How does the term "microaggression" apply in Chapter 5?

10. What color is explored in Chapter 5? What does this color represent for the author?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Describe and discuss the events surrounding Trayvon Martin's death. Who killed Trayvon Martin? How was his death presented by the media? What impacts did Martin's death have on race relations in America?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the images reproduced in Citizen: An American Lyric. How does the inclusion of these images help to support the book's themes? What impact do the images have on you as a reader? What symbolism is seen in the images?

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