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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Morrison say produces work?
(a) Stress.
(b) Imagination.
(c) Relaxation.
(d) Perseverance.

2. Who is the author of the quote from Preludes IV?
(a) John Steinbeck.
(b) William Shakespeare.
(c) T.S. Eliot.
(d) Virginia Woolf.

3. What is an example of the concept of black figuration?
(a) The manifestion of Cardinal's illness.
(b) Slavery in American history.
(c) Morrison's reading style.
(d) Africanism in American literature.

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

5. Which of the following does Morrison acknowledge?
(a) That each writer tries to avoid writing about race.
(b) That each reader reads differently.
(c) That each author is biased.
(d) That each reader is looking for something different.

6. Which word best describes Sapphira?
(a) Wicked.
(b) Benevolent.
(c) Desperate.
(d) Intelligent.

7. What does Morrison wish studies of racism would focus on?
(a) Impact of racism on readers and writers.
(b) Impact of racism on society's foundation.
(c) Impact of racism on those who perpetuate it.
(d) Impact of racism on children.

8. Where were the lectures that Playing in the Dark is based on given?
(a) University of Washington.
(b) Princeton.
(c) Harvard.
(d) UCLA.

9. How many years back did the presence of African-Americans in the US begin?
(a) 600.
(b) 500.
(c) 400.
(d) 300.

10. Where does Morrison teach?
(a) UCLA.
(b) Princeton.
(c) Harvard.
(d) Brown.

11. What does Morrison teach?
(a) English composition.
(b) American Literature.
(c) Women's studies.
(d) Racial Studies.

12. What is Morrison interested in determining about domination?
(a) How domination becomes possible.
(b) Where domination comes from.
(c) Who encourages domination.
(d) How domination spreads.

13. What is the main theme in Sapphira and the Slave Girl?
(a) Spite.
(b) Trust.
(c) Power.
(d) Love.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Possessed, where does Cardinal run?

2. Who did Morrison thank for helping her with the book?

3. According to Morrison, what do reading and writing require?

4. Who was criticized by a scholar who deemed the term "darky" acceptable?

5. What does Morrison argue for extending?

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