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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1: Black Matters.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which author does Morrison mention first as containing black references?
(a) Angelou.
(b) Shakespeare.
(c) Hemingway.
(d) Evanovich.

2. Which of the following words refers to denotative and connotative blackness that the African people have come to signify?
(a) Africanism.
(b) Black literature.
(c) Americanism.
(d) African-American.

3. What does Morrison's work require her to consider?
(a) How racialized she can be.
(b) How gender neutral she can be.
(c) How free she can be.
(d) How much further she can extend her study of American literature.

4. How many pages into The Words to Say It does "the thing" happen?
(a) 10.
(b) 40.
(c) 80.
(d) 120.

5. Which of the following is true about Africanism around the world?
(a) American literature is the only type of literature that features Africanism.
(b) The US is not unique in its construction of Africanism.
(c) Europe is the only first-world region that does not acknowledge Africanism.
(d) African literature is the only type of literature that has not constructed Africanism.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is an example of the concept of black figuration?

2. According to Morrison, what do readers and writers fight for?

3. What does Morrison claim is not representative of a black woman for her?

4. Which of the following words does Morrison use to describe writers?

5. What does Morrison believe we need to learn about to discover the nature and cause of literary whiteness?

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