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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of internship had the author of "The Weight" been completing when he had first fallen wholly in the love with James Baldwin's works?
(a) A reporting internship.
(b) A publishing internship.
(c) A carpentry internship.
(d) A professorial internship.

2. What landmark could the author of "The Weight" see outside of the interns' office window?
(a) Times Square.
(b) The Golden Gate Bridge.
(c) The Brooklyn Bridge.
(d) The Manhattan Bridge.

3. A 2013 report by researchers at Brandeis University calculated that what fraction "of the collective wealth of African-American families was stripped away" (86) during the Great Recession?
(a) 1/4.
(b) 2/3.
(c) 1/2.
(d) 3/4.

4. What kind of trees does the speaker of the poem "Homegoing, AD" by Kima Jones see that let her know they are close to their destination?
(a) Palmetto trees.
(b) Palm trees.
(c) Magnolia trees.
(d) Apple trees.

5. In what state was Trayvon Martin killed by a police officer?
(a) Alabama.
(b) Tennessee.
(c) Florida.
(d) Mississippi.

6. What was the first name of Phillis Wheatley's mistress?
(a) Melanie.
(b) Susannah.
(c) Clementine.
(d) Savannah.

7. In what state did the author's mother in "'The Dear Pledges of Our Love'": A Defense of Phillis Wheatley's Husband" grow up, ensconced in poverty?
(a) Alabama.
(b) Kentucky.
(c) Georgia.
(d) Mississippi.

8. Who founded the college in Alabama that the author of "'The Dear Pledges of Our Love'": A Defense of Phillis Wheatley's Husband" attended?
(a) Former slaves.
(b) Plantation owners.
(c) The NAACP.
(d) The Baptist Church of Alabama.

9. Whose original literary work inspired the title of The Fire This Time?
(a) James Baldwin.
(b) Phyllis Wheatley.
(c) Langston Hughes.
(d) Ralph Ellison.

10. What is the name of the U.S. Senator who is famous for opposing the Civil Rights Act of 1957 "so strenuously that he conducted the longest lone filibuster ever" for over 24 straight hours?
(a) Benjamin Cardin.
(b) Strom Thurmond.
(c) Thomas Carper.
(d) Trent Lott.

11. At the end of her essay "Cracking the Code," Jesmyn Ward states that she imagines that a longing for what element had been a part of all of her ancestors' lives?
(a) The longing to be understood.
(b) The longing for independence.
(c) The longing to be heard.
(d) The longing to belong.

12. The author of "Where Do We Go from Here?" states that "we must know deep in our bones and in our hearts that if the ancestors survived" what, "we can survive anything" (62)?
(a) The Middle Passage.
(b) Systemic racism.
(c) Jim Crow laws.
(d) The indignities of slavery.

13. A 2016 joint report by the NAACP and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund states that the Republicans' plan to emphasize identification requirements would adversely affect how many African-American voters?
(a) Ten million.
(b) Eight million.
(c) Six million.
(d) Three million.

14. What is the name of the police officer who shot Trayvon Martin?
(a) Timothy Loehmann.
(b) George Zimmerman.
(c) Frank Garmback.
(d) Roy Oliver.

15. Who was the author of Memoir and Poems of Phyllis Wheatley, a Native African and a Slave?
(a) Mary Margaret Johann.
(b) Marie Ellen Magdalena.
(c) Margaretta Matilda Odell.
(d) Jane Augusten Burroughs.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many years apart does the author of "The Weight" say his grandfather's age and James Baldwin's age had been?

2. What finding in the results of Jesmyn Ward's genetic testing results shocked her?

3. How does the author of "Lonely in America" say she would likely have handled being enslaved?

4. For what ultimate purpose does the author of "'The Dear Pledges of Our Love'": A Defense of Phillis Wheatley's Husband" start her search for primary sources regarding Phillis Wheatley's life?

5. In what social media platform did Jesmyn Ward find solace after Trayvon Martin's death?

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