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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 children as well as the parents.
(b) Study the women as well as the men.
(c) Study the students as well as the scholars.
(d) Study the masters as well as the slaves.

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

3. Who does Morrison attribute as being the most sensitive type of artist?
(a) Writer.
(b) Reader.
(c) Illustrator.
(d) Painter.

4. What begins to tear at Cardinal's nerves?
(a) Books.
(b) Movies.
(c) Music.
(d) Conversation.

5. Possessed, where does Cardinal run?
(a) Into the street.
(b) Into a theater.
(c) Into a concert hall.
(d) Into the park.

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

7. Who does the main female character in Sapphira and the Slave Girl demand power over?
(a) Her slaves.
(b) Society.
(c) Men.
(d) Children.

8. In Morrison's point of view, what does the fabrication of an Africanist presence a reflexive mediation on?
(a) The self.
(b) Readers.
(c) Society.
(d) Writers.

9. What does Morrison reflect on the consequences of in the preface?
(a) Jazz music.
(b) Contemporary novels.
(c) Modern music.
(d) Classic literature.

10. Who is the author of Possession?
(a) Arthur Brown.
(b) Antonia Byatt.
(c) Anthony Beccket.
(d) Ashley Bassat.

11. What does Morrison wonder most about Cardinal?
(a) Why she wrote a book.
(b) When she felt she had to panic.
(c) When she knew she was in trouble.
(d) Why she went to a Louis Armstrong concert.

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

13. What does Morrison claim that critics do not say about Sapphira and the Slave Girl?
(a) Why people read it.
(b) Why it is successful.
(c) Why it is a failure.
(d) Why it was written.

14. What does Morrison believe we need to learn about to discover the nature and cause of literary whiteness?
(a) How Africanism functions.
(b) Who invented Africanism.
(c) Why we read American fiction.
(d) Why we rely on Africanism in literature.

15. Who is the author of What Maisie Knew?
(a) Toni Morrison.
(b) Willa Cather.
(c) Henry James.
(d) Gertrude Stein.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Morrison claim has impoverished literature?

2. Who was Cardinal warned against having relationships with?

3. What did Cardinal tell her doctor not to keep in his office?

4. In the attack on Algeria, what does Cardinal see?

5. When was a criticism written deeming the term "darky" acceptable?

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