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. Where does Malcolm's father want black people to go?

2. What does Malcolm say he learns from the black community in Boston?

3. What is the name of Malcolm's well-read cellmate?

4. What is the title of this chapter?

5. What does Malcolm use to visit his home town?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way are Malcolm's problems getting worse in Chapter 8?

3. Briefly describe the history of Harlem outlined in this chapter.

4. In Chapter 7 how does Malcolm get deeper into illegal activity?

5. Why is it difficult for Haley to be a dispassionate chronicler of Malcolm's life?

6. How are Malcolm and his gang able to get into the houses to rob them?

7. In what way does Harlem educate Malcolm in the inequalities facing black Americans?

8. Summarize Chapter 6.

9. Why do you think Malcolm is so shocked at the Nation's action against him?

10. Describe Malcolm's parents.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using examples from the book to support your argument, examine the following statement: "The Civil Rights movement had more of a lasting influence than the Nation of Islam."

Essay Topic 2

Look at Spike Lee's adaptation of the book. Is it how the students would visualize the book? Do the students think the film is objective? What new meaning do the students think that Denzel Washington and Spike Lee bring to the work? How different do the students think the film would be if it were directed by a white director or starred, for example, Samuel Lee Jackson?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss with the students first person point of view. Why do the students think first person point of view is not necessarily reliable? What moments in the book do the students think are not so reliable and why? With the students, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using the first person.

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