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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. When was Charles Dickens born?
(a) 1805.
(b) 1812.
(c) 1919.
(d) 1865.

2. The author writes in "My Dungeon Shook," "You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that you were" what?
(a) "A worthless human being."
(b) "On the road to failure."
(c) "A part of the American Dream."
(d) "On a road to success."

3. Of the letter recipient's father, the author says in "My Dungeon Shook," "Let him laugh and I see" what?
(a) "A grain silo sitting at the edge of the desert for no reason."
(b) "A long and dark tunnel into the fear that hides behind his soul."
(c) "A cellar your father does not remember and a house he does not remember."
(d) "A field of flowers and a vase of daisies."

4. How many times does the author say he has begun his letter and torn it up in "My Dungeon Shook"?
(a) 2 times.
(b) 5 times.
(c) 3 times.
(d) 4 times.

5. How does the author describe his father's life in "My Dungeon Shook"?
(a) Terrible.
(b) Impressive.
(c) Bombastic.
(d) Ambitious.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author sign off in his letter in "My Dungeon Shook"?

2. About how many years ago does the author describe the letter recipient being born in "My Dungeon Shook"?

3. The author indicates in "My Dungeon Shook" that "people find it very difficult to act on" what?

4. The author writes in "My Dungeon Shook," "The details and symbols of your life have been deliberately constructed to make you believe" what?

5. The author tells the letter recipient in "My Dungeon Shook," "Take no one's word for anything, including mine--but trust" what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What "is the danger in the minds of most white Americans," according to the author in "My Dungeon Shook"?

2. How is the essay "My Dungeon Shook" formatted and structured?

3. What does the word "Negro" mean, and how is it applied in The Fire Next Time?

4. How has the black man functioned in the white man's world, according to Baldwin in "My Dungeon Shook"?

5. How does the author rally his nephew in the conclusion of "My Dungeon Shook"?

6. How is the title of the essay employed in "My Dungeon Shook"?

7. How does the author impress the importance of history on his nephew in "My Dungeon Shook"?

8. What paradox does the author describe in "My Dungeon Shook"?

9. How does the author describe aspirations toward excellence or mediocrity in "My Dungeon Shook"?

10. How does the author suggest his nephew perceive the "details and symbols of your life" in "My Dungeon Shook"?

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