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. How does Morrison describe the act of ignoring race?

2. The presence of blacks is inherent and inextricable from the definition of which word?

3. What does Huckleberry Finn critique?

4. What has the image of the bound and suppressed darkness become objectified as?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Morrison describe the Africanist persona?

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

9. What role do black men play in Hemingway's works?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Morrison states that she struggles with language that evokes hidden signals of racial superiority and that her vulnerability lies in romanticizing blackness. What does this mean? What does this tell the reader about Morrison and about literature? Give an example of hidden signals of racial superiority and romanticizing a race.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the difference between denotative and connotative definitions involving the term Africanism. Describe both definitions. Then explain the denotative and connotative definitions of another term that Morrison uses in response to American literature.

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