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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. What group of America's population offers itself up as a surrogate, in Morrison's point of view?
(a) Writers.
(b) Whites.
(c) Slaves.
(d) Blacks.

2. Who wrote a book about Faulkner?
(a) Poe.
(b) Snead.
(c) Williams.
(d) Charleston.

3. What is the first role that the Africanist character serves as?
(a) A way to evoke emotion.
(b) Benevolent figure.
(c) Surrogate.
(d) Intentional racist target.

4. How does the character discussing sex in Hemingway's novel think of black women?
(a) Better than white women.
(b) Less than human.
(c) Equal to white women.
(d) More like men.

5. What does the American group that offers itself up as a surrogate represent a meditation on?
(a) Racial tension.
(b) Pressure.
(c) Human freedom.
(d) Happiness.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Morrison describe as the third feature of a non-American?

2. In one of Hemingway's works, which character provides a juxtaposition to Catherine?

3. According to Morrison, what highlights freedom?

4. What is the second meditation that Morrison suggests an American group offers itself up as a surrogate for?

5. In one of Hemingway's works, what does the character named Catherine aspire to be for her husband?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does William Dunbar justify giving his slaves lashes?

2. Why do Africanist characters serve as surrogates and enablers?

3. What does Morrison hope to avert the critical gaze from and to?

4. According to Morrison, what does Poe's work show?

5. Describe the quote Morrison uses from James Snead's book on Faulkner?

6. According to Morrison, who responds best to culture and why?

7. Describe one major theme Morrison lists being consistent with American literature.

8. How does Huckleberry Finn critique class and race?

9. From Morrison's point of view, how do writers see whiteness?

10. Why does Morrison deem Poe the most important early American writer?

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