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The Sellout

Paul Beatty


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Question #1

What organization did the narrator’s father found?

  1. Alpha Phi Alpha

  2. Black Lives Matter

  3. Dum Dum Donut Intellectuals

  4. 100 Black Men of America


Dum Dum Donut Intellectuals

The narrator’s father was a man committed to exposing racism in all walks of life. He was obsessed about his passion and felt that black people needed a space where they can talk about racism as it affects them. He founded a club called the Dum Dum Donut Intellectuals to give them a place where they belonged. The name of the organization came from the Dum Dum Donuts franchise, which was the only shop not looted or burnt down during the riots.

Question #2

How did the narrator’s father treat him?

  1. As a social experiment

  2. As a cherished child

  3. As a failure

  4. As a stranger


As a social experiment

The narrator’s father was not only passionate about exposing racism, he was also a sociologist, which enabled him to analyze people and their interactions through the lens of race. However, he used his young son to do social experiments, and often abused him in the process, both physically and psychologically. The narrator never got a normal childhood and even his bedtime stories were excerpts from psychology books, not ordinary tales.

Question #3

What was the narrator’s father known as?

  1. Nurse Nightingale

  2. Don Juan

  3. Square Watermelon Expert

  4. Nigger Whisperer


Nigger Whisperer

The narrator’s father was called the Nigger Whisperer, a reference to the fact that he was the one that all the black people in the community turned to whenever they needed advice or help. Because of his standing and his experience as a sociologist, he was able to coax them away from any suicidal thoughts. This happened on a routine basis and whenever he had to go to provide support in such crisis situations, he would take his copy of The Planning of Change.

Question #4

Who wanted to be the narrator’s slave?

  1. Hominy Jenkins

  2. King Cuz

  3. Foy Cheshire

  4. Marpessa Delissa Dawson


Hominy Jenkins

Hominy was a character actor who was known for his small roles, where he caricatured his blackness. He had become addicted to this kind of self-hatred and when he was no longer getting the same kind of roles, he decided that being a slave to the narrator would bring him a purpose in life. He also wanted to be treated like crap because that’s the situation he finds himself comfortable in. This might also be a satirical situation in which the author pinpoints those who still claim that black people were happy under slavery.

Question #5

Where is the setting of The Sellout?

  1. Mississippi

  2. New York

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