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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. Pertaining to the "The Inheritance of Tools," who is Sanders thinking of?

2. What does Dillard compare the exhaust trail of the plane to in "The Stunt Pilot"?

3. What is the main sign that McClanahan's first marriage is doomed to sadness?

4. Pertaining to "Merced," what is Ofri's patients name?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you agree with Maria's analogy of Komunyakaa from "The Blue Machinery"?

2. If you were Cofer, would you want to have the comfort of having a small neighborhood full of people from your native country?

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

4. What does Accawi think about his village becoming a global community in "The Telephone"?

5. What importance does Gates see in one's hairstyle, particularly with blacks in "In the Kitchen"?

6. What does Sanders think about tools verses machines in "The Inheritance of Tools"?

7. Why do people discriminate against Tan's mother in "Mother Tongue"?

8. How does Tan learn English in "Mother Tongue"?

9. What seems to be Danticat's conflict in the essay "Westbury Court"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the essays, "In Distrust of Movement" and "Think About It," what common concern are the authors pointing out? Support your argument with examples from the texts.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Muhammad Ali and Fidel Castro's importance as two world wide icons. According to "Ali in Havana" why was it destined for the two to meet?

Essay Topic 3

What do you think Philip Petit from "Turning Point" would say to David Rahm from "The Stunt Pilot"? Consider the risks and artistry in each of their professions.

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