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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 is the race of the character in The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym?
(a) Hispanic.
(b) White.
(c) Black.
(d) Asian.

2. According to Morrison, whose work is free of agenda and sensitivity?
(a) James.
(b) Hemingway.
(c) Faulkner.
(d) Poe.

3. Which group does Morrison say responds to culture the most?
(a) Painters.
(b) Readers.
(c) Writers.
(d) Children.

4. What type of possibilities does Morrison think slavery enriches in America?
(a) Romantic.
(b) Intellectual.
(c) Historical.
(d) Creative.

5. What is the white image related to the erasure of, according to Morrison?
(a) Literary whiteness.
(b) Black figure.
(c) Africanism in literature.
(d) Non-whiteness.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the author Morrison opens up with in Chapter 3?

2. In Hemingway's work, what are black men most similar to?

3. What color does Catherine dye her hair?

4. The serviceability of the Africanist presence is more pronounced when Hemingway describes the relationships between which groups?

5. In Harry Morgan's crew, what is the name of the black man?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the unmanageable slips throughout Poe's work.

4. What does William Carlos Williams's Adam describe?

5. Describe To Have and Have Not.

6. What does Morrison try to make it clear that she is not doing?

7. Describe Catherine's desires in The Garden of Eden. What does this point out?

8. The common claim that white America has considered many things without reference to the black population includes what concepts?

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

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

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