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. Whose murder in 1964 launched interest and experiments in the bystander effect?

2. What did Darla Hood die from in reality, according to the narrator in Chapter 6?

3. How is "ABD" defined by the narrator's father in Chapter 1 (36-37)?

4. What was the hero of the one comic book that the narrator ever owned?

5. What is King Cuz's real name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Hampton Fiske and how is he described?

2. What is the definition of satire and how does satire apply to The Sellout?

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

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

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

6. How does the narrator describe Hominy's birthday celebration?

7. What setting is established in the novel's Prologue? How is it described?

8. How does the narrator encounter Marpessa in Chapter 9? What emerges in their meeting?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze and discuss the protagonist of The Sellout. What is this character's approximate age? What is his profession? What are his actions, objectives, and obstacles in the story?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss depictions of racism in popular entertainment in The Sellout. What television shows, films, commercials, etc. are referenced or alluded to by the narrator? What racism or racist attitudes are described in these examples?

Essay Topic 3

Why does the narrator seek out a "sister city" for Dickens? What are the results he receives? What three lost cities does the narrator resort to using as sister cities to Dickens?

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