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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What analogy does Morrison use to describe what studies of racism should focus on?
(a) Study the students as well as the scholars.
(b) Study the women as well as the men.
(c) Study the masters as well as the slaves.
(d) Study the children as well as the parents.

2. What does Morrison start a file to document?
(a) Instances of white people causing disturbances in Africanist literature.
(b) Instances of black people being impressed by white people.
(c) Instances of black people igniting moments of discovery in literature.
(d) Instances of Africanist literature that do not acknowledge racial superiority.

3. How many lectures is Playing in the Dark based on?
(a) 5.
(b) 7.
(c) 1.
(d) 3.

4. Who is Sapphira jealous of?
(a) Her sister.
(b) Her daughter.
(c) Her slave.
(d) Her mother.

5. Who is the author of Sapphira and the Slave Girl?
(a) Maya Angelou.
(b) Willa Cather.
(c) Williamm Shakespeare.
(d) Toni Morrison.

6. What book discusses certain kinds of readings that seem inextricable from certain experiences of writing and knowledge?
(a) The Words to Say It.
(b) Playing in the Dark.
(c) Preludes IV.
(d) Possession.

7. What does Morrison claim has impoverished literature?
(a) Critics of American literature.
(b) New readers.
(c) Agendas in criticism.
(d) Anger at Eurocentric culture.

8. What is American literature described as being in Playing in the Dark?
(a) A treasure trove.
(b) A bookshelf.
(c) A melting pot.
(d) A closet.

9. Where does Morrison claim to apply the knowledge in Playing in the Dark?
(a) The way she reads.
(b) The class she teaches.
(c) The way she communicates.
(d) The way she argues.

10. Who does Sapphira plot to rape her slave?
(a) Her brother.
(b) Her husband.
(c) Her nephew.
(d) Her son.

11. What does Morrison argue for extending?
(a) The study of racism.
(b) The study of American literature.
(c) The study of racial interactions.
(d) The study of African literature.

12. What does Morrison consider the consequences of?
(a) Racial profiling in literature.
(b) Literary feminism.
(c) Literary whiteness and blackness.
(d) Exemplary black and white characters.

13. Which of the following best describes Marie Cardinal?
(a) Stressed and insane.
(b) Small and crass.
(c) White and privileged.
(d) Sensitive and young.

14. Who was Cardinal warned against having relationships with?
(a) Black people.
(b) Jewish people.
(c) Arab people.
(d) White people.

15. Where did Cardinal grow up?
(a) Algeria.
(b) Argentina.
(c) Mexico.
(d) United States.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Morrison reflect on the consequences of in the preface?

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

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

4. What does Morrison wish studies of racism would focus on?

5. How many pages into The Words to Say It does "the thing" happen?

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