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. What do some suggest is a way to evade history?

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

3. Which flight is described by Morrison as an escape?

4. What rises up when the character dies in The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Morrison, when is mankind bereft?

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

3. Why is the act of ignoring race in literature a racist act?

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

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

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

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

8. Why do Africanist characters serve as surrogates and enablers?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Bernard Bailyn's Voyagers of the West investigate the way European settlers become Americans? What does the character William Dunbar show and represent? What does Morrison think of this work and the character?

Essay Topic 2

The duties of a persona include exorcism, reification, and mirroring. Identify and describe one example of each term in terms of Africanism presence in literature.

Essay Topic 3

Analyze Morrison's comments about Willa Cather's novel Sapphira and the Slave Girl. What does Morrison have to say about the novel? Why does she say it would be meaningless without Africanist characters and the pedestal of racial degradation? Is this true?

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