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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What seemed to divide most households in Cofer's neighborhood?
(a) Who got the remote control for the TV.
(b) Who had to do the dishes at night.
(c) The desire to be back in their homeland.
(d) The desire to be assimilated into a white culture.

2. Which female wants to define herself by what she did and how she treated others from the essay "Hair"?
(a) Her mother.
(b) Aldrich.
(c) Her youngest sister.
(d) Aldrich's older sister.

3. What issue is Frazier discussing about the modern world in the essay "A Lovely Sort of Lower Purpose"?
(a) Our need to make more money.
(b) The need to eat all organic foods.
(c) Our inability to be idle.
(d) Our obsession with technology.

4. What does Maria compare Komunyakaa to?
(a) A man who leaves a woman after he gets what he wanted from her.
(b) A grumpy mechanic.
(c) A wise owl.
(d) The wind, that moves in nomadic directions.

5. How did Accawi's village become part of the global community?
(a) Central air conditioning.
(b) The telephone.
(c) Electricity.
(d) The internet.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are the benefits of Accawi's village becoming a global community?

2. What does Aldrich think is achieved when manifesting the perfect hairstyle?

3. Pertaining to "Silent Dancing" from what place does Cofer and her family immigrate?

4. In Mother Tongue, who always made sense to Tan, even if the speech was grammatically incorrect?

5. What does Ofri originally think is the problem with her patient in "Merced?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you find truth with McClanahan's essay of the woman writing in the margin and their mutual emotions?

2. What does Fadiman say about email in the essay "Mail"?

3. In "Westbury Court" why did the mother of the children not realize their was a fire?

4. Explain McPhee's connection to the parachute from the "Silk Parachute."

5. Do you agree with Rhonda's view on hair from the essay "Hair"?

6. How does Grealy respond to pain in the essay "Mirrorings"?

7. In "The Turning Point," describe Petit's desire to make tight roping an art form.

8. What does Ofri seem to be most concerned with in the essay "Merced"?

9. What fascinates Ehrlich in the essay "Spring"?

10. Do you think Ofri realizes she cannot have control over life or death in the essay "Merced"?

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