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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does DuBois say is the end that meat nourishes?
(a) Political power.
(b) Self-realization.
(c) Religious feeling.
(d) Wealth.

2. What is the central problem DuBois addresses?
(a) Commerce.
(b) Religion.
(c) Education.
(d) Security.

3. What kind of work is DuBois doing, by portraying the inhabitants of Dougherty County?
(a) Anthropology.
(b) Portraiture
(c) History.
(d) Zoology.

4. How many blacks is W. E. B. DuBois accounting for in The Souls of Black Folk?
(a) 10 million.
(b) 1 million.
(c) 100,000.
(d) 1,300.

5. What does DuBois say you must pass through on the way to the Temple of Knowledge?
(a) The Valley of the Shadow of Death.
(b) The Sea of Doubt.
(c) The Gates of Toil.
(d) The Door of Self-knowledge.

6. What advice does DuBois say blacks have been getting from whites?
(a) Accept your submission.
(b) Rise to your potential.
(c) Pay us for freeing you.
(d) Wait seven generations for full equality.

7. What kind of pall hangs over the land of West Dougherty County?
(a) Absentee landlords.
(b) Despair.
(c) Violence.
(d) Debt.

8. Booker T. Washington’s ascendancy is the most remarkable event in American race relations since when, according to DuBois?
(a) 1808.
(b) 1865.
(c) 1860.
(d) 1876.

9. What was Halleck’s position on runaway slaves?
(a) Give them work.
(b) Send them home.
(c) Educate them.
(d) Send them north.

10. What does DuBois say people were beginning to feel when Booker T. Washington began to lead?
(a) Proud.
(b) Elation.
(c) Doubt.
(d) Safe.

11. What does DuBois want to teach a thinking man to do?
(a) Think.
(b) Practice an art.
(c) Work.
(d) Prosper.

12. How many organizations does DuBois say coordinated with the Freedmen’s Bureau?
(a) More than 50.
(b) More than 200.
(c) More than 500.
(d) More than 400.

13. How does DuBois characterize the slave kindergarten that was raised in West Dougherty County?
(a) The most intractable.
(b) The richest ever.
(c) The most motivated.
(d) The most fractious

14. What does the first stream of thought call for, which DuBois describes in Chapter 6?
(a) Wisdom to help the helpless.
(b) Cooperation between men globally.
(c) Hierarchical gradations of personhood.
(d) Power to rule over powerless.

15. Where is truth, in the poem that opens Chapter 2?
(a) On the scaffold.
(b) In the library.
(c) In the sewer.
(d) On the throne.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does DuBois say people have valued too highly, in the most recent period of Reconstruction?

2. How does DuBois characterize the Burkes’ home, when he returns to their area?

3. What does Hippomenes do to win the race and marry Atalanta?

4. What kinds of schools were blacks first given, after the Civil War?

5. How does DuBois characterize Hippomenes?

(see the answer keys)

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