The Source of Self-Regard Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. In "Gertrude Stein and the Difference She Makes," Morrison proposes that the third response to chaos is what?

2. Why is "panoply" a clever piece of diction as used in "Unspeakable Things Unspoken"?

3. In "Academic Whispers," Morrison compares African American literature to what?

4. In "Invisible Ink," what word does Morrison object to when it is applied to text?

5. In "The Site of Memory," Morrison proposes to show how memoir is similar to and different from what?

Short Essay Questions

1. In “Grendel and His Mother," what does Morrison say is interesting about the Danes' reaction to Grendel, and what does she say this shows about the nature of evil?

2. In “Invisible Ink," what does Morrison say bothers her about the association of the word "pleasure" with reading?

3. According to “The Writer Before the Page," what is the relationship between Hannah Peace and Sula?

4. In “Introduction of Peter Sellars," what are the main points of Morrison's praise for Peter Sellars as an artist?

5. According to “The Writer Before the Page," why does Morrison use allusions to folktales in her writing?

6. In “Memory, Creation, and Fiction," what Black cultural aesthetic expectations does Morrison discuss as important in her work, and why is it important to her to use them?

7. In “Gertrude Stein and the Difference She Makes," what confuses Morrison about Stein's portrayal of Rose?

8. In “The Source of Self-Regard," what does Morrison say made her uncomfortable about the letters she received from students, and why did it make her feel this way?

9. In “Tribute to Romare Bearden," Morrison praises Bearden's work as a dialogue between artists; how does she see his work impacting her own?

10. What point is Morrison trying to illustrate when she brings up the origins of Ancient Greece in “Unspeakable Things Unspoken"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "God's Language," Morrison suggests that religious ideas, and the idea of paradise particularly, are difficult to convey in a modern context. Why does she believe this and what is her proposed solution?

Essay Topic 2

In “Unspeakable Things Unspoken,” Morrison says that she almost used the title “Canon Fodder” instead. Analyze the impact that this change might have had on tone and meaning.

Essay Topic 3

In “Literature and Public Life,” Morrison claims that television has a narrative power that is harmful to society. Do you agree with this in whole or in part, or do you disagree? What is your reasoning for your position?

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