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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 describe herself as assuming nothing happens?
(a) Reader.
(b) Black woman.
(c) European.
(d) Writer.

2. What notion must a writer be aware of when reading and writing?
(a) Anger.
(b) Risk.
(c) Prejudice.
(d) Racism.

3. What did Cardinal tell her doctor not to keep in his office?
(a) A gargoyle.
(b) A framed photo of Louis Armstrong.
(c) A water dish for his cat.
(d) A clock.

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

5. What does The Words to Say It document about the author?
(a) The author's feelings about Africanist literature.
(b) The author's relationship.
(c) The author's therapy and healing.
(d) The author's literary criticism of literature.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who did Morrison thank for helping her with the book?

2. What does Morrison claim is not representative of a black woman for her?

3. What does Morrison propose to investigate?

4. Where does Morrison teach?

5. What is the name of Sapphira's slave?

Short Essay Questions

1. What type of language does Morrison struggle with?

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

3. What does Toni Morrison think about Marie Cardinal's book?

4. What is the book Playing in the Dark based on?

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

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

7. Describe Morrison's statement that the subject of the dream is the dreamer.

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

9. Describe the file that Morrison begins to keep.

10. What implication stems from the fact that imagination produces work?

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