Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination Quiz | Four Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 3: Disturbing Nurses and the Kindness of Sharks.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is assumed about literature much of the time, in Morrison's point of view?
(a) American literature is unshaped by slavery.
(b) American literature is unshaped by black presence.
(c) American literature is only read by Americans.
(d) American literature is worthless for black Americans.

2. Which of the following does Morrison say studies of racism focus on?
(a) Activists.
(b) Victims.
(c) Abusers.
(d) Accusers.

3. In Hemingway's work, what do black nurse-men often alter?
(a) The narrator's faith.
(b) The narrator's romantic relationships.
(c) The narrator's self-image.
(d) The narrator's hatred for black people.

4. What do some suggest is a way to evade history?
(a) Race.
(b) Religion.
(c) Nationalism.
(d) Romance.

5. What type of possibilities does Morrison think slavery enriches in America?
(a) Historical.
(b) Intellectual.
(c) Creative.
(d) Romantic.

Short Answer Questions

1. What begins to tear at Cardinal's nerves?

2. How does Morrison describe the act of ignoring race?

3. Until recently, what did Morrison assume about all readers of American fiction?

4. What does The Words to Say It document about the author?

5. In what year does William Dunbar write about suppression?

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