Reading Quiz on 'How It Feels to Be Colored Me' by Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) at a book fair in New York City. PhotoQuest/Getty Images

Author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston is best known today for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937. A decade earlier she wrote ​"How It Feels to Be Colored Me"—an essay that might be characterized as both a letter of introduction and a personal declaration of independence.

After reading Hurston's essay, check your comprehension with this multiple-choice quiz.

1. Hurston reports that she "lived in the little town of Eatonville, Florida" until she was what age?

2. According to Hurston, white people passed through Eatonville on their way to or from which large Florida city?

3. Hurston recalls that, when greeting travelers as a child, her "favorite place" to perch was:

4. Hurston interprets her move from Eatonville to Jacksonville as a personal transformation from "Zora of Orange County" to:

5. Hurston employs a metaphor to demonstrate that she does not accept self-pity or identify with the role of the victim. What is that metaphor?

6. Hurston employs a metaphor to evaluate the effects of slavery ("sixty years in the past") on her life. What is that metaphor?

7. Hurston uses the metaphor of a wild animal that "rears on its hind legs and attacks the tonal veil... clawing it until it breaks through to the jungle beyond." What is she describing with this metaphor?

8. According to Hurston, how does her white male companion respond to the music that has affected her so deeply?

9. Hurston refers to Peggy Hopkins Joyce, an American actress known for her lavish lifestyle and scandalous affairs. In comparison to Joyce, Hurston calls herself:

10. In the final paragraph of the essay, Hurston compares herself to:

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