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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. The author claims in his conclusion of "My Dungeon Shook" that "we can make America" what?

2. What does the author describe his ancestors picking in "My Dungeon Shook"?

3. The author claims in "My Dungeon Shook" that "the danger, in the minds of most white Americans, is" what?

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

5. How does the author conclude his letter in "My Dungeon Shook"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author say the world has done to his brother in "My Dungeon Shook"?

2. What does Baldwin claim to be "the root of my dispute with my country" in "My Dungeon Shook"?

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

4. What does the author write about the words "acceptance" and "integration" in "My Dungeon Shook"?

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

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

7. How does the author describe his mother in "My Dungeon Shook"?

8. What does the author claim to be the only way you can be destroyed in "My Dungeon Shook"?

9. How does the author define the word "integration" in the conclusion of "My Dungeon Shook"?

10. How does James Baldwin describe his father's defeat in "My Dungeon Shook"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's actions, objectives, and obstacles in writing to his nephew in "My Dungeon Shook." For what purpose is the author writing the letter? How does he go about making his points? Do you think that his letter achieves his objective?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the theme of racial oppression in "My Dungeon Shook." How does the author illustrate examples of racial oppression? What are his opinions and perceptions of the oppression faced by black Americans? How does the author propose to overcome oppression?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the concepts of "segregation," "integration," and "acceptance" in The Fire Next Time. How does the author define these terms in his essays? What is the importance of integration and acceptance moving forward in striving for equality?

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