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 5, "Everyone understood you to be suffering and still everyone thought you thought" what?

2. On what date did the beating take place involving the Jena Six?

3. What phrase does the author describe trying to stamp from her mind in Chapter 6?

4. On what date did the center of Hurricane Katrina pass southeast of New Orleans, Louisiana?

5. What word from Chapter 5 means censored or obscured?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the author juxtapose the reality of Hurrican Katrina victims with their depiction in the media?

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

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

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

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

8. What does the author state regarding the Jena Six case in Chapter 6?

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

10. Why does the author discuss eating cereal in Chapter 5?

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

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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