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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. In what role does Morrison see the subject of a dream?
(a) Writer.
(b) Reader.
(c) Black woman.
(d) Artist.

2. For Morrison, when a writer is challenged and activities are more difficult, what else do they become?
(a) Less significant.
(b) Less valuable.
(c) More exciting.
(d) More rewarding.

3. According to Morrison, what demands are put on black people?
(a) Purity and restraint.
(b) Persistence and drive.
(c) Anger and acceptance.
(d) Hope and loss.

4. Where does Morrison claim to apply the knowledge in Playing in the Dark?
(a) The way she argues.
(b) The way she reads.
(c) The way she communicates.
(d) The class she teaches.

5. What accusations does Morrison accept the risk of when discussing studies of racism?
(a) She has vested interest in the topic.
(b) She is racist.
(c) She has never studied racism.
(d) She has never studied literature.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Morrison consider the consequences of?

2. What are references to Sapphira and the Slave Girl noted as being?

3. What is Morrison skeptical about?

4. What is Morrison interested in determining about domination?

5. What does Morrison not mention the world as being?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Morrison describe the world that we live in today, and what effect does it have on her as a writer?

2. Describe The Words to Say It and its subject matter.

3. What does Morrison say about Africanism worldwide?

4. Why doesn't Sapphira and the Slave Girl allow readers to ignore race?

5. Describe the file that Morrison begins to keep.

6. What can happen if we learn about the way Africanism functions in the literary imagination?

7. Who does Morrison blame for literary whiteness and blackness?

8. What are the prevalent themes in Sapphira and the Slave Girl?

9. What matters seem to challenge most as a writer and what effect does this have on her?

10. What does Morrison believe studies of racism focus on?

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