Thursday, November 19, 2009

"The Test." Angelica Gibbs.

One-minute review: Marian is a young black girl, just graduated from college. Mrs. Erickson, a white woman, with whom she is staying while helping out with the household, accompanies Marian to her second driving test. She had flunked the first because the white inspector made up mistakes she had made when she was driving. This time the inspector is also white and a wise guy who continues to make disparaging remarks about her race while she is trying to pass the driving test. He calls her “Mandy,” acts surprised when she says she is from Scranton, not down South, and a college graduate. Finally, Marian can take his jibes no longer, and exclaims, “Damn You.” She fails the test.

75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World’s Literature. Ed. Roger B. Goodman. New York: Bantam Books. 1961.

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