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 group of America's population offers itself up as a surrogate, in Morrison's point of view?

2. Morrison says that Hemingway's work is more artless and unselfconscious than which writer?

3. In Hemingway's work, who represents an outlaw of sexuality?

4. What is the race of the character in The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym?

5. In reference to the opening passage, how does Morrison claim race is used?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Morrison, who responds best to culture and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How does Huckleberry Finn critique class and race?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How does Hemingway portray race in his work? How is Hemingway distant from African-Americans in his work? What does this tell the reader? How does Hemingway show the difference between males and females? How does he relate this to race?

Essay Topic 3

According to Morrison, what are literary whiteness and literary blackness? What are the consequences of literary whiteness and blackness? How were literary whiteness and blackness created? How does Morrison avoid these two concepts?

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