The Autobiography of Malcolm X Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What color hair does Sophia have?

2. Who visits Malcolm X's mother while she is pregnant with him?

3. What does Malcolm say Harlem has lost in this chapter?

4. What two drugs does Malcolm discover in Harlem?

5. What is the name of the bar where Malcolm works?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Malcolm learn about skin color during his pilgrimage?

2. Summarize Chapter 7

3. Why is Malcolm given the nickname Satan?

4. Describe Malcolm's press conference in Chapter 18.

5. Why is Malcolm appreciative of the two incidents in this chapter- the trip to Boston and the teacher's unfair treatment of him?

6. Describe what Malcolm calls the turning point in his life.

7. What does Malcolm state are the differences in the concept of love between Western religions and Islam?

8. What do Malcolm's early life experiences teach him?

9. What does Malcolm do when detectives began trailing him?

10. What does Malcolm learn about skin color from a young age?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss whether you think this statement is true or false: "Malcolm X uses the autobiography to market his image rather than his ideas." Use two examples from the book to support your argument.

Essay Topic 2

Look at the structure of the novel.

1) Discuss elements of the narrative structure: exposition, conflict, complication, climax, resolution and conclusion. Do all the elements make for a logical and linear story? How does the story's structure express the book's ideas?

2) Examine the way both Malcolm and Alex Haley use the other people in the story to express Malcolm's ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss differences between the novel and autobiography formats. What are the main elements of a novel? What are the main elements of an autobiography? What can novelists express that an autobiographer cannot? How can autobiographies keep to the facts while still maintaining a level of entertainment?

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