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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Morrison claims that she does not want to replace what with Afrocentric domination?
(a) White.
(b) Eurocentric.
(c) Literature.
(d) American.

5. What does Morrison propose to investigate?
(a) Racial exclusivity.
(b) Racial superiority.
(c) Racial hierarchy.
(d) Racial bias.

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

7. Who gave the lectures that Morrison bases Playing in the Dark on?
(a) William Massey.
(b) Willard Mast.
(c) Wexley Moth.
(d) Westley Morford.

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

9. Who is the third author Morrison mentions as including black references in his or her work?
(a) Palahniuk.
(b) Bronte.
(c) O'Connor.
(d) Shaw.

10. Which of the following words does Morrison use to describe writers?
(a) Probing.
(b) Lustrious.
(c) Angry.
(d) Telling.

11. What does Morrison not mention the world as being?
(a) Genderized.
(b) Liberalized.
(c) Racialized.
(d) Sexualized.

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

13. Who did Morrison thank for helping her with the book?
(a) Peter Destiny.
(b) Peter Dratton.
(c) Peter Dimock.
(d) Peter Delano.

14. What is the opposite of restrained in the dichotomy present in Morrison's book?
(a) Wicked.
(b) Pure.
(c) Anger.
(d) Benevolent.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the main theme in Sapphira and the Slave Girl?

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

4. Who does Morrison attribute as being the most sensitive type of artist?

5. In what role does Morrison see the subject of a dream?

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