The White Boy Shuffle Test | Final 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. How does Yoshiko deal with the wedding crashers?

2. What does Gunnar's coach tell him one morning?

3. What does Gunanr's father do when he sees Gunnar at Montgomery Ward?

4. Who performs the marriage ceremony?

5. What does Gunnar learn the recruiter from Harvard will get if Gunnar signs with him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Gunnar's creative writing class want him to do?

2. What does Nick complain about Boston and what does he do about it?

3. Who crashes Gunnar's wedding and what happens between them and his bride?

4. How does the school counselor feel about Gunnar's SAT scores and what happens because of his scores?

5. Where does Gunnar find refuge in his new school, how does he get his assignments and why has he been brought to that school?

6. Who arranges a marriage for Gunnar and how does he come up with a bride? Where does the wedding take place?

7. What happens when Gunnar leaves his creative writing class in Chapter Ten when Gunnar is going home?

8. What does Gunnar find out when he gets out of the hospital after the riots and goes to Psycho's house? What does Psycho say to Gunnar?

9. What does Coach Shimimoto do and say when he keeps the team longer at practice in Chapter Seven?

10. What kind of social life does Gunnar, Yoshiko and Nick have in Boston?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Do you think racism still exists in the United States? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss in depth several things that you can do in your own life to help stop prejudice against any group of people. Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

3. According to the hate crime law any person harming another person and the primary motivation is prejudice or hatred that crime is more serious than the same act against a person that does not have that motivation. Do you think this is a good law? Why or why not? Use examples from the text and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The White Boy Shuffle could be said to be a "bildungsroman" of Esi. Discuss the following:

1. Define the concepts "bildungsroman" and "coming of age."

2. Thoroughly trace and analyze The White Boy Shuffle as a bildungsroman of Gunnar. Give specific examples. What does Gunnar learn? How has he changed? Is the change for the better?

3. Thoroughly trace and analyze The White Boy Shuffle as a black power story. Give specific examples. What does Gunnar learn? What does Nick learn? What would blacks say about Gunnar's actions?

Essay Topic 3

The the reader can see the basis for the mother's fears that her children have lost touch with their own heritage. It is possible that the children's elementary school with all of its misguided stress on multiculturalism has helped to separate the children from understanding their true heritage.

1. Do you think Gunnar's mother's fears are unfounded? Why or why not? Use examples from The White Boy Shuffle and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss the ways in which such an emphasis on multiculturalism could confuse a child about his or her own heritage. Use examples from The White Boy Shuffle and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think it was illogical for Gunnar's mother to move her children to a lower class and potentially more violent neighborhood just so they could be around people of their own race? Why or why not? Use examples from The White Boy Shuffle and your own life to support your answer.

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