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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does DuBois say politics depends on?
(a) Education of the electorate.
(b) Purification of the ballot.
(c) Integration of communities.
(d) Safety of voters.

2. What consolation does DuBois imagine, for the likelihood that his son would have lived in a racist society, if he lived?
(a) He might have become the leader who would change things.
(b) The times might have changed by the time he matured.
(c) He might have borne it lighter than he himself had.
(d) He might always have returned to Africa.

3. How does DuBois characterize the son’s relation to the Veil?
(a) He was born free of it.
(b) He was born beyond it.
(c) He was born within it.
(d) He was born behind it.

4. What is being brought, in the poem that opens Chapter 13?
(a) Refugees.
(b) The human heart.
(c) Soldiers.
(d) Children.

5. How does DuBois characterize the music blacks make at a revival?
(a) Invigorating.
(b) Infectious.
(c) Exuberant.
(d) Plaintive

6. What has black religion contributed to, in DuBois' account?
(a) Poor white religion.
(b) American middle-class religion.
(c) American political life.
(d) American entertainment.

7. Why does DuBois say blacks in the South abandoned politics?
(a) There were so many scandals it became disreputable.
(b) Without a fair judiciary, politics were senseless.
(c) The whites stole from them regardless of politics.
(d) There was too much violent opposition.

8. What does DuBois say is the tragedy of the age?
(a) That virtue is typically powerless.
(b) That violence is tolerated and approved.
(c) That men know so little of men.
(d) That wickedness is rewarded with profit.

9. What was the Port Royal experiment?
(a) Northerners came to teach blacks during the war.
(b) Blacks were given abandoned plantations to run.
(c) Northerners adopted slaves to get them out of the South.
(d) Blacks were given arms to fight against the South.

10. In what way does DuBois say his son was fortunate?
(a) He never learned language in order to curse being born.
(b) He never had to contend with a world that would see him as inferior.
(c) He got to experience the sweetest part of life.
(d) He was better loved than anyone else in DuBois’ family.

11. What does DuBois say is the keynote of the Black Belt?
(a) Debt.
(b) Bitterness.
(c) Hope.
(d) Training.

12. Where is DuBois originally from?
(a) The Appalachians.
(b) The Berkshires.
(c) The Alleghenies.
(d) The White Mountains.

13. What does DuBois say his wife had had to do, to produce their son?
(a) Be reborn.
(b) Allow herself to be enslaved.
(c) Sleep with death.
(d) Liberate herself.

14. What does DuBois say we must do if we want to know about the color line?
(a) Read the laws that allowed slavery to happen.
(b) Meet people first-hand.
(c) Understand the influence of supply and demand.
(d) Read about the history of the South.

15. How long does it take John to come home?
(a) Two years.
(b) Seven years.
(c) One year.
(d) Four years.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does DuBois say the sorrow songs say about how life appeared to the slaves?

2. What does DuBois say is the world’s most piteous thing?

3. What does DuBois say might change how the Veil sits on the American blacks?

4. Why is John kicked out of school for a semester?

5. How does DuBois compare the plantation houses in Dougherty County with plantation houses in Virginia, in the time of slavery?

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