"I do not always feel colored. Even now I often achieve the unconscious
Zora of Eatonville before the Hegira. I feel most colored when I am
thrown against a sharp white background."I can infere that:
C. Feels like a colored person when she is around mostly white people.
The correct answer is "Feels like a colored person when she is around mostly white people." This can be inferred from the statement "I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background." The phrase "thrown against a sharp white background" suggests that being in predominantly white surroundings makes Zora feel more aware of her racial identity. It does not imply that Zora does not like white people or feels ignored in Eatonville.
"Sometimes it is the other way around. A white person is set down in
our midst, but the contrast is just as sharp for me. For instance,
when I sit in the drafty basement that is The New World
Cabaret with a white person, my color comes. We enter chatting about
any little nothing that we have in common and are seated by the jazz
waiters... Music. The great blobs of purple and red emotion have not
He has only heard what I felt. He is far away and I see him but dimly
across the ocean and the continent that have fallen between us. He is
so pale with his whiteness then and I am so colored."
I can infere that:
B. Zora and the white person experience jazz music in different ways.
The passage suggests that Zora and the white person experience jazz music differently. Zora describes how the music evokes strong emotions in her, with "great blobs of purple and red emotion," while the white person has only heard what she felt and is far away from the experience. This implies that the white person does not have the same deep connection to the music as Zora does, indicating that their experiences with jazz music differ.
"But in the main, I feel like a brown bag of miscellany propped against
a wall. Against a wall in company with other bags, white, red and
yellow. Pour out the contents, and there is discovered a jumble of
small, things priceless and worthless. A first-water diamond, an empty
spool, bits of broken glass, lengths of string, a key to a door long
since crumbled away, a rusty knife-blade, old shoes saved for a road
that never was and never will be, a nail bent under the weight of
things too heavy for any nail, a dried flower or two still a little
fragrant. In your hand is the brown bag. On the ground before you is
the jumble it held--so much like the jumble in the bags, could they be
emptied, that all might be dumped in a single heap and the bags
refilled without altering the content of any greatly. A bit of colored
glass more or less would not matter. Perhaps that is how the Great
Stuffer of Bags filled them in the first place--who knows?"I can infere that:
D. Zora Neale Hurston believes that different races are the same on the inside.
The passage describes a brown bag filled with a variety of items, both valuable and worthless. The author suggests that if the bags were emptied, the contents would be similar and could be mixed together without greatly altering their overall value. This implies that the author believes that different races, represented by the different colored bags, are essentially the same on the inside, regardless of their external differences. Therefore, the correct answer is "Zora Neale Hurston believes that different races are the same on the inside."
"Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It is beyond me."I can infere:
A. If you descriminate againt Zora Neale Hurston, you are losing out.
The given answer suggests that if someone discriminates against Zora Neale Hurston, they are missing out on the pleasure of her company. This implies that Hurston is confident in her own worth and believes that those who discriminate against her are the ones who are ultimately losing out. The answer highlights the idea that discrimination is not only harmful to the individual being discriminated against, but also to those who engage in discriminatory behavior by depriving themselves of the opportunity to benefit from the company and talents of the person they discriminate against.
"Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to "jump at de sun." We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground."I can infere that:
D. Mama encouraged her children to set goals and even if they failed at least they tried something.
The answer "Mama encouraged her children to set goals and even if they failed at least they tried something" can be inferred from the given text. The phrase "jump at de sun" suggests that Mama encouraged her children to aim high and strive for their goals. The statement "We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground" implies that Mama wanted her children to take action and make an effort, even if they didn't achieve their ultimate goal. This shows that she valued the importance of trying and taking risks rather than being discouraged by failure.
"Usually, the visitors gave warning a day ahead and we would be cautioned to put on shoes, comb our heads, and see to ears and fingernails. There was a close inspecion of every one of us before we marched in that morning. Knotty heads, dirty ears, and fingernails got hauled out of line, strapped and sent home to lick the calf over again."I can infere that the children were well behaved and groomed when visitors came to school because:
A. They were afraid of getting a whooping if they were dirty or misbehaving.
The correct answer suggests that the children were well-behaved and groomed when visitors came to school because they were afraid of getting a whooping if they were dirty or misbehaving. This implies that the fear of punishment motivated the children to maintain good hygiene and behavior in order to avoid any negative consequences.
"'Come here, Zora Neale,' Mr. Calhoun cooed as I reached the desk... "Shake hands with the ladies, Zora Neale," Mr. Calhoun prompted and they took my hand one after the other and smiled. They asked me if I loved school, and I lied that I did. that was some truth in it, because I liked geography and reading, and I liked to play at recess time. Whoever it was invented writing and arithmetic got no thats from me. Neither did I like the arrangement where the teacher could sit up there with a palmetto stem and lick me whenever he saw fit. I hated things I couldn't do anything about."I can infer that:
B. Zora Neale Hurston knew how to give the "right" answer, even if she did not really beleive it.
Zora Neale Hurston knew how to give the "right" answer, even if she did not really believe it. This can be inferred from the fact that when asked if she loved school, she lied and said that she did. However, she later reveals that she hated things she couldn't do anything about, such as the arrangement where the teacher could punish her whenever he wanted. This suggests that she may have been pretending to enjoy school and giving the expected answer in order to avoid trouble or negative consequences.
"Why did the Norse tales strike so deeply into my soul? I do not know, but they did. I seeped to remember seeing Thor swing his mighty short-handled hammer as he sped across the sky in rumbling thunder, lightning flashing from the tread of his steeds and the wheels of his chariot.""The story of the choice of Hurcules as a boy when he met Pleasure and Duty, and put his hand in that of Buty and followed her steep way to the blue hills of fame and glory... moved me profoundly."After looking at the two examples from the text, I can infer:
D. Zora Neale Hurston identified with stories of heroes and people who fought for good.
The given answer is supported by the evidence provided in the text. The author mentions being deeply struck by Norse tales and remembering Thor's heroic actions. Additionally, the author mentions being profoundly moved by the story of Hercules choosing Duty over Pleasure. These examples suggest that Zora Neale Hurston identified with stories of heroes and people who fought for good, indicating a personal connection and admiration for such characters.
After reading "Dust Track on a Road" and "How it Feels to be Colored Me", I can infer that:
B. Zora Neale Hurston enjoyed writing about her experiences and feelings.
The correct answer suggests that Zora Neale Hurston enjoyed writing about her experiences and feelings. This can be inferred from the fact that she wrote two autobiographical essays, "Dust Track on a Road" and "How it Feels to be Colored Me," which indicate her willingness to share her personal stories and perspectives.
Based on the essay, "How it Feels to Be Colored Me", I can infer that Zora Neale Hurston:
A. Told this story to show readers that they should be comfortable with who they are.
The essay "How it Feels to Be Colored Me" by Zora Neale Hurston suggests that she told this story to show readers that they should be comfortable with who they are. Throughout the essay, Hurston expresses a sense of pride and self-acceptance in her identity as a Black woman. She discusses how she embraces her individuality and refuses to be defined solely by her race. By sharing her experiences and perspective, Hurston encourages readers to embrace their own uniqueness and not be constrained by societal expectations or prejudices.