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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Where does Morrison's vulnerability lie?
(a) She is a woman.
(b) She is biased.
(c) Caring for racial superiority.
(d) Romanticizing blackness.

4. Who is the second author Morrison mentions as including black references in his or her work?
(a) Proust.
(b) Du Maurier.
(c) Faulkner.
(d) Lawrence.

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

6. What are references to Sapphira and the Slave Girl noted as being?
(a) Lackluster.
(b) Demeaning.
(c) Spiteful.
(d) Apologetic.

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

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

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

10. Morrison says that what item reveals itself differently to each writer?
(a) Book.
(b) Pen.
(c) Paper.
(d) Notebook.

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

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

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

14. Which of the following elements of racism does Morrison say studies of racism focus on?
(a) People who have failed as a result of racism.
(b) Origin of racism.
(c) Consequences of racism.
(d) Why literature is racist.

15. According to Morrison, what do readers and writers struggle to interpret?
(a) Character traits like anger.
(b) Imagined worlds.
(c) Dialogue.
(d) Excitement and happiness.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Morrison describe Sapphira and the Slave Girl as being an example of?

2. Which author does Morrison mention first as containing black references?

3. What does Morrison debate the validity of?

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

5. Who is the author of Sapphira and the Slave Girl?

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