Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination Test | Final 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. In Hemingway's work, the women with which characteristics are the most desirable?

2. What does Huckleberry Finn critique?

3. In the book about Faulkner, what "show their flaws best in written form"?

4. What type of possibilities does Morrison think slavery enriches in America?

5. What is the name of the book Morrison opens with in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. According to Morrison, when is mankind bereft?

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

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

7. According to Morrison, what does American literature represent a commentary of?

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

9. What is the significance of nurses in Hemingway's work?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why did Morrison decide to read The Words to Say It? What effect did the book have on Morrison? What questions does Morrison have for Marie Cardinal and why are these significant?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Morrison points out the distinguishing features of non-Americans are slave status, social status, and color. Give three examples of these features in action throughout history.

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