Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the opposite of restrained in the dichotomy present in Morrison's book?

2. Where were the lectures that Playing in the Dark is based on given?

3. Where does Morrison's vulnerability lie?

4. What does Morrison reflect on the consequences of in the preface?

5. Where did Cardinal grow up?

Short Essay Questions

1. After reading the preface, what can the reader expect Morrison to discuss?

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

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

4. According to Morrison, what does a black woman represent to literature but not to herself?

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

6. What is the most significant question that stems from Morrison reading Cardinal's book?

7. Describe the character Sapphira and her motives.

8. Describe the file that Morrison begins to keep.

9. What are Morrison's intentions in studying Africanism?

10. What does Morrison say Sapphira and the Slave Girl is an example of?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does early America distinguish itself by pressing toward a future of freedom? What does this mean? How does this movement help Americans escape oppression? How does romance help to evade history?

Essay Topic 2

How does learning about how Africanism functions in the literary imagination make it possible to discover the nature and cause of literary whiteness?

Essay Topic 3

Morrison started a file to document instances of black people igniting moments of discovery in literature not written by them. Why is this significant? Why did Morrison begin doing this? Is this a positive or negative thing for Morrison to do? Why? What effect did doing this have on Morrison?

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