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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. What does the narrator claim is the "black workingman's motto" in the Prologue (20)?
(a) "Harder and faster."
(b) "Out of sight, out of mind."
(c) "The cream rises to the top."
(d) "Work buys freedom."

2. What single phrase comprises Chapter 2?
(a) "White boy, stop."
(b) "Westside, nigger! What?"
(c) "Where we going?"
(d) "Up or down?"

3. What word from the Prologue refers to the theory or philosophy of law?
(a) Opulence.
(b) Egalitarianism.
(c) Jurisprudence.
(d) Logic.

4. What is King Cuz's real name?
(a) Andy Watkins.
(b) Curtis Baxter.
(c) Jean Piaget.
(d) Carl Williams.

5. How does the narrator describe the current state of the Union in the Prologue?
(a) A romantic failure.
(b) An egalitarian empire.
(c) A dysfunctional plutocracy.
(d) An unwavering democracy.

Short Answer Questions

1. When did the West African nation of Ghana declare independence?

2. Where does the narrator say his car is parked in the Prologue?

3. How many students were in the narrator's graduating class in high school?

4. How does the narrator describe the closing of the letter that summoned him to the Supreme Court in the Prologue?

5. What is the name of the ghetto community on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles where the narrator grew up?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the community respond when the narrator began his process of marking the boundaries of Dickens?

2. What happened on the occasions where the narrator attempted to emancipate Hominy?

3. What does the narrator remark about mottos in the Prologue?

4. How did the narrator's father die?

5. Why does Foy Cheshire reimagine and adapt classic novels like Huckleberry Finn?

6. How is the narrative related in The Sellout? From what perspective is the story told?

7. Who is the unofficial leader of the Dum Dum Donut Intellectuals? How is he described?

8. Where does the narrator describe taking Hominy for "beatings" each Thursday?

9. How do the members of the Dum Dum Donut Intellectuals respond to the narrator's proposal to restore the City of Dickens?

10. How is the narrator's home described? Where does he live?

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