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The Souls of Black Folk

by W. E. B. Du Bois
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The Souls of Black Folk Quiz

In 1903, W.E.B. Dubois argued that "the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line." This collection of fourteen essays explores how that color line inhibited black success and harmed society as a whole. Be sure you understand Dubois's positions by taking the quiz over "The Souls of Black Folks" from eNotes. Ten questions let you know in a flash if you have a good grasp of the major themes of these essays.

  1. What initiative of the Freedmen’s Bureau does Dubois consider a success?

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  2. In DuBois opinion, what was initially more important than the vote?

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  3. What does DuBois identify as the central problem of the early twentieth century?

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  4. How did DuBois regard Booker T. Washington's ideas?

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  5. What job did DuBois take after graduating from Fisk?

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  6. What is the time period of the narrative?

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  7. What does DuBois say is the black man's "double-consciousness"?

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  8. What did DuBois call Booker T. Washington's idea which argued that blacks might be willing to remain socially separate in exchange for economic equality?

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  9. What metaphorically stands before the black man, guarding the Temple of Knowledge?

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  10. What metaphor does DuBois use to describe the separation of the black and white worlds?

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