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Final Test - Hard

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Haley say he tried to be when he wrote Malcolm's autobiography?

2. Who edits Malcolm's autobiography?

3. With what other Afro-American organization does Malcolm claim to have differences?

4. What continent does Malcolm visit after his pilgrimage?

5. What happens to Reginald after he is rejected from the Nation?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Haley was also an African American whose family suffered slavery and racism. Adhering to the rule that writers should always write about what they know, do you think it is obvious that Haley knows his subject? What difference do you think it makes to the story? Are there any moments where you think Haley does not portray a person or setting so well? What effect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 2

What do you think are the problems with the way Malcolm represents Muhammad in the book? What do you think Muhammad would say about Malcolm? Does this subjectivity highlight the problem with reliability of autobiographies?

Essay Topic 3

Look at black masculinity. Does the oppression of Malcolm's black male identity contribute to his criminal activities? In what ways can the expression of masculine identity be a positive thing and in what ways can it be negative? What do you think it means to be black and male today?

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