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Welcome to the StudySpace

The structure of this site uses contemporary pedagogical techniques to help you strengthen your study habits. The site is organized into 3 parts: Prepare, Read and Connect.


Before you read the works your instructor assigns, be sure to refer to the relevant period introductions, headnotes, footnotes, and author bibliographies in your textbook.  This glossary will introduce you to some of the key terms relevant to the study of African American Literature.

  • Glossary


Use the Reading Comprehension and Short Answer Quizzes to test your knowledge of some of the most widely taught individual works.  You can send your results to the Norton Gradebook to track your progress and share your quiz results with your professor.

  • Multiple-Choice Reading Comprehension Quizzes
  • Short Answer Exercises


Use the resources in this section to explore connections between African American literature and its historical and cultural contexts.

  • Illustrated Short Answer Exercises
  • Resources
  • Suggested Paper Topics
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Instructors and students now have an easy way to track online quiz scores with the Norton Gradebook.

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