The Sellout Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Paul Beatty
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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. What nickname does the narrator say he was called after a spelling bee when he was eleven?

2. Who does the narrator refer to as the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement" in Chapter 10 (127)?

3. With what Kafka novel does the narrator describe Mapessa covering her face in Chapter 9?

4. How does the narrator describe the current state of the Union in the Prologue?

5. How does the narrator describe the hairstyles of the Justices when they enter the courtroom in the Prologue (19)?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does the black woman slap the narrator in the Prologue?

3. When and where do the Dum Dum Donut Intellectuals meet?

4. How does the narrator describe Hominy's work on the farm in Chapter 6?

5. How did the narrator's father die?

6. What are the three basic laws of ghetto physics that the narrator describes in Chapter 3?

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

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

9. How does the narrator describe his father in Chapter 1?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the depictions of white Americans in The Sellout. How are whites perceived by the inhabitants of Dickens? In what ways do the actions of the narrator and Hominy satirize white American history and culture?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the character of Charisma Molina in the novel. How does Charisma know the narrator? What is her profession? How is Charisma involved in the central plot of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

What charges have brought the narrator to the U.S. Supreme Court? How are the Justices of the Court described? How doe the Judges perceive the narrator and his crimes?

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