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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which type of artist does Morrison describe as being the most anarchic?
(a) Photographers.
(b) Writers.
(c) Painters.
(d) Readers.

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

3. What hidden signals does Morrison look for?
(a) Genderization.
(b) Africanization.
(c) Racial superiority.
(d) An author's true feelings about people.

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

5. What two things does Morrison claim not to be extremely distinct for a writer?
(a) Visual art and performance art.
(b) Reading and drawing.
(c) Speaking and writing.
(d) Reading and writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the author of Possession?

2. Which of the following elements of racism does Morrison say studies of racism focus on?

3. What is the opposite of restrained in the dichotomy present in Morrison's book?

4. Who was Cardinal warned against having relationships with?

5. Who is Sapphira jealous of?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which authors does Morrison describe as using black references in their work?

2. What does it mean when Morrison says that her vulnerability lies in romanticizing blackness?

3. What is the Byatt quote from Possession about?

4. Until recently, what did Morrison assume about all readers of American fiction?

5. How does Morrison describe references to the novel Sapphira and the Slave Girl?

6. What does Morrison hope that studies of racism will begin to examine?

7. How does Morrison view other writers?

8. What risk does Morrison accept in discussing studies of racism?

9. What does Morrison say about Africanism worldwide?

10. Describe the dichotomies Morrison presents as being necessary for black people to fulfill.

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