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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 self-help book that the author of "Lonely in America" tries to live by within the essay says that "to become free of disappointment, one must acknowledge the obvious, then" (37) do what?

2. 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?

3. How often do historians say lynchings of African-Americans occurred in the early decades of the twentieth century?

4. What is the occasion bringing everyone together within the poem "Homegoing, A.D. by Kima Jones?

5. What emotion does Jesmyn Ward say is directed toward her by the majority of Americans and has become her dark twin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Wendy S. Walters's central goal within the narrative of her memoir "Lonely in America" and from what source does she draw the idea for this goal?

2. How does Honoree Fanonne Jeffers's interpretation of "On Being Brought From Africa to America" differ from those of many scholars?

3. How does Carol Anderson refute the idea that the Brown vs. Board of Education decision was a complete triumph for black advancement in America?

4. What are the examples the author of "Where Do We Go from Here" uses in order to prove that African-Americans are currently living through a second Nadir?

5. For what purpose had Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, the author of "The Weight," come to London just before her acquaintance convinces her to visit James Baldwin's former house in France?

6. In her essay entitled "White Rage," what distinction does Carol Anderson make between white rage and black rage?

7. To what conclusion does Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah ultimately come to about the desire to "preserve things" (31)?

8. At the time of Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah's visit to Nice, how had her relationship with money recently changed?

9. What does Jesmyn Ward list among the issues with which black people in America are exhausted?

10. What religion is being referenced in the conversation in Kima Jones's poem "Homegoing, A.D." and what details are included that lead to this conclusion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many pieces within the collection The Fire This Time include commentary about how the arts, including literature, public murals, and other forms of art, can help to heal the pain caused by racial inequality and can even act as catalysts for progress in this area. Choose three pieces that include commentary about the value of art and compare and contrast their messages regarding the arts' ability to heal an ailing society.

Essay Topic 2

Conduct an analysis of the rhetorical devices used by the author of "The Condition of Black Life is One of Mourning" in order to assert her claim that shared grief is the key to unifying the United States in its pursuit of racial equality.

Essay Topic 3

Focus on the life and death of Trayvon Martin as a touchstone for many essays within The Fire This Time. How is the story of Trayvon Martin used by different authors in order to further their messages regarding racial inequality and race-fueled injustices within America?

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