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Use the selections of text and your ideas/thoughts about the text to make inferences.


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  • 1. 

    "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:

    • A.

      Zora does not like white people.

    • B.

      Feels like a colored person when she is around other Black people.

    • C.

      Feels like a colored person when she is around mostly white people.

    • D.

      Zora feels most ignored in Eatonville.

    Correct Answer
    C. Feels like a colored person when she is around mostly white people.
    Explanation
    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 surrounded by mostly white people makes Zora feel more aware of her racial identity and the differences between herself and the white individuals around her.

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  • 2. 

    "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 touched him. 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:

    • A.

      Jazz music is enjoyed by both Black and White people.

    • B.

      Zora and the white person experience jazz music in different ways.

    • C.

      White people do not enjoy jazz music, but Black people can feel it.

    • D.

      Black people play jazz music in the New World Cabaret.

    Correct Answer
    B. Zora and the white person experience jazz music in different ways.
    Explanation
    The passage describes how the narrator, Zora, and a white person experience jazz music differently. While Zora feels a deep emotional connection to the music, the white person does not have the same reaction. This is evident when Zora says that the "great blobs of purple and red emotion" have not touched the white person, indicating that they do not feel the same intensity or connection to the music as she does. This suggests that the experience and interpretation of jazz music can vary between individuals, regardless of their race.

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  • 3. 

    "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:

    • A.

      Zora Neale Hurston believes she is as valuable as a brown bag with stuff inside of it.

    • B.

      Zora Neale Hurston believes that all people are colored bags.

    • C.

      Zora Neale Hurston believes that each different races of people are very different on the inside.

    • D.

      Zora Neale Hurston believes that different races are the same on the inside.

    Correct Answer
    D. Zora Neale Hurston believes that different races are the same on the inside.
    Explanation
    In the passage, Zora Neale Hurston describes herself as a "brown bag of miscellany" that is similar to other bags of different colors. She states that when the contents of the bags are poured out, they reveal a mixture of valuable and worthless items. The implication is that despite the external differences represented by the different colored bags, the internal contents are essentially the same. Therefore, the correct answer is that Zora Neale Hurston believes that different races are the same on the inside.

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  • 4. 

    "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.

    • B.

      If you descriminate against Zora Neale Hurston, her feelings will be hurt.

    • C.

      Zora Neale Hurston is not a very confident person.

    • D.

      Descrimination is a problem in America.

    Correct Answer
    A. If you descriminate againt Zora Neale Hurston, you are losing out.
    Explanation
    The correct answer suggests that if someone discriminates against Zora Neale Hurston, they are missing out on the pleasure of her company. This implies that Hurston believes she has qualities or experiences that would be enjoyable or valuable to others, and those who discriminate against her are depriving themselves of those benefits. It does not imply that her feelings will be hurt, that she lacks confidence, or that discrimination is a problem in America.

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  • 5. 

    "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:

    • A.

      Mama did not encourage her children.

    • B.

      Mama did not want her kids to be in the sun too long.

    • C.

      Mama encouraged her children to set goals and try, but she did not like it when they failed.

    • D.

      Mama encouraged her children to set goals and even if they failed at least they tried something.

    Correct Answer
    D. Mama encouraged her children to set goals and even if they failed at least they tried something.
    Explanation
    The answer "Mama encouraged her children to set goals and even if they failed at least they tried something" can be inferred from the statement "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." This suggests that Mama encouraged her children to aim high and take risks, even if they may not achieve their ultimate goal. The phrase "jump at de sun" implies setting ambitious goals, and the statement "at least we would get off the ground" indicates that Mama valued the effort and action, regardless of the outcome.

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  • 6. 

    "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.

    • B.

      They would make the school look bad if they were dirty or misbehaving.

    • C.

      They would have to stand in the corner if they were dirty or misbehaving.

    • D.

      They needed to represent all students and the school well for the visitors.

    Correct Answer
    A. They were afraid of getting a whooping if they were dirty or misbehaving.
    Explanation
    The passage mentions that the children would be inspected before the visitors arrived, and those with dirty ears, unkempt hair, and dirty fingernails would be sent home to be disciplined and groomed properly. This suggests that the children were afraid of receiving punishment, such as a "whooping," if they were dirty or misbehaving when the visitors came.

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  • 7. 

    "'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:

    • A.

      Zora Neale Hurston got in a lot of trouble at school.

    • B.

      Zora Neale Hurston knew how to give the "right" answer, even if she did not really beleive it.

    • C.

      Zora Neale Hurston was the teachers pet and was always called on to perform tasks.

    • D.

      Zora Neale Hurston was not very smart and got in trouble when people came to visit the school.

    Correct Answer
    B. Zora Neale Hurston knew how to give the "right" answer, even if she did not really beleive it.
    Explanation
    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. She admits that there was some truth in her answer because she enjoyed certain aspects of school such as geography, reading, and recess. However, she also expresses her dislike for subjects like writing and arithmetic and the arrangement where the teacher had the power to punish her. This suggests that she may have been aware of what was expected of her and knew how to conform to societal expectations, even if she did not genuinely feel that way.

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  • 8. 

    "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:

    • A.

      Zora Neale Hurston had an active imagination.

    • B.

      Zora Neale Hurston enjoyed reading mythology and studing the characters in them.

    • C.

      Zora Neale Hurston did not like mythology and could not understand the importance of the stories.

    • D.

      Zora Neale Hurston identified with stories of heroes and people who fought for good.

    Correct Answer
    D. Zora Neale Hurston identified with stories of heroes and people who fought for good.
    Explanation
    Zora Neale Hurston's deep connection with Norse tales and the story of Hercules suggests that she identified with stories of heroes and people who fought for good. These tales resonated with her on a profound level, indicating that she found inspiration and meaning in the struggles and triumphs of these characters. This suggests that Hurston admired and aspired to embody the qualities of bravery, determination, and righteousness that these stories portrayed.

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  • 9. 

    After reading "Dust Track on a Road" and "How it Feels to be Colored Me",  I can infer that:

    • A.

      Zora Neale Hurston did not like being Black.

    • B.

      Zora Neale Hurston enjoyed writing about her experiences and feelings.

    • C.

      Zora Neale Hurston did not see any value in sharing stories from her life.

    • D.

      Zora Neale Hurston only wrote works of fiction.

    Correct Answer
    B. Zora Neale Hurston enjoyed writing about her experiences and feelings.
    Explanation
    The answer suggests that Zora Neale Hurston enjoyed writing about her experiences and feelings. This can be inferred from the information given in the question, as it mentions that she wrote "Dust Track on a Road" and "How it Feels to be Colored Me," which indicates that she wrote about her personal experiences and feelings as a Black woman.

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  • 10. 

    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.

    • B.

      Told this story to tell readers about her life as a Black woman and the racism she encountered.

    • C.

      Told this story to tell readers about her childhood.

    • D.

      Told this story because she was angery about how she was treated because she was Black.

    Correct Answer
    A. Told this story to show readers that they should be comfortable with who they are.
    Explanation
    Based on the essay "How it Feels to Be Colored Me," Zora Neale Hurston tells this story to show readers that they should be comfortable with who they are. Throughout the essay, Hurston expresses her pride in her racial identity and emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance. She shares anecdotes and experiences from her life to demonstrate that one's race should not define their worth or limit their potential. By sharing her own journey of self-discovery and embracing her identity, Hurston encourages readers to embrace their own uniqueness and find confidence in their individuality.

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