The Fire This Time Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

Jesmyn Ward
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through "The Tradition"; Introduction; Part I, Legacy: "Homegoing, AD"; "The Weight"; "Lonely in America".

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the author of "Lonely in America" say she would likely have handled being enslaved?
(a) She would have slain her master.
(b) She would have developed a dissociative disorder.
(c) She would not have survived it.
(d) She would have run away.

2. In what city does the author of "The Weight" meet his friend in order to visit the house in which James Baldwin died?
(a) Paris.
(b) Berlin.
(c) Lisbon.
(d) Nice.

3. Once the author of "The Weight" stopped reading James Baldwin's works in order to separate his own work from that of James Baldwin's, what is NOT one author he mentions reading voraciously?
(a) Sergei Dovlatov.
(b) Ralph Ellison.
(c) Bell hooks.
(d) Henry Dumas.

4. What other types of work had the editor published before curating The Fire This Time?
(a) Novels and memoirs.
(b) Newspaper articles and novels.
(c) Novels and short stories.
(d) Poetry and short stories.

5. What emotion does Jesmyn Ward say is directed toward her by the majority of Americans and has become her dark twin?
(a) Hatred.
(b) Disdain.
(c) Pity.
(d) Contempt.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two reptiles are the source of the danger during the final scene of Kima Jones's prose poem "Homegoing, A.D."?

2. Which family member's house in New Orleans had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and was subsequently visited by the author of "Lonely in America"?

3. What distinction does a senior editor announce as applying to the author of "The Weight" during the first week of his internship?

4. What landmark could the author of "The Weight" see outside of the interns' office window?

5. In what New Orleans area cemetery is the author of "Lonely in America's" family buried?

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