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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 does Huckleberry Finn critique?
(a) Complex emotions.
(b) Class and race.
(c) Sexuality and racism.
(d) Helplessness.

2. Which of the following is not a linguistic strategy employed in fiction to engage the serious consequences of blacks as an economy of stereotype as listed by Morrison?
(a) Metonymy.
(b) Allegory.
(c) Alliteration.
(d) Fetishization.

3. What does Morrison describe as being the first feature of a non-American?
(a) Personality.
(b) Hair color.
(c) Slave status.
(d) Existence.

4. Which of the following words best describes Henry Morgan?
(a) Wicked.
(b) Angry.
(c) Moral.
(d) Insane.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of Catherine's husband?

2. Morrison says that Hemingway's work is more artless and unselfconscious than which writer?

3. According to Morrison, what represents a commentary on the transformations of racial difference?

4. In Hemingway's work, the women with which characteristics are the most desirable?

5. Who does Morrison consider to be the most important early American writer in regard to the concept of Africanism in literature?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hemingway make the serviceability of the Africanist presence more pronounced?

2. What is Morrison's deliberation entirely about?

3. Why does Morrison suggest that Dunbar's finer sensibilities have been dulled?

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

5. How does early America distinguish itself by pressing toward a future of freedom?

6. Describe To Have and Have Not.

7. How does Morrison describe the Africanist persona?

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

9. How is Hemingway's work distant from African Americans?

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

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