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 do Laura and Malcolm make a date to do?

2. What is Malcolm heavily into at this point?

3. What role does Malcolm hold at school?

4. What game does Malcolm play in Harlem?

5. Who does Sammy contact in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what way is Malcolm a good student?

2. Why doe Malcolm initially think that it is a good idea to give up cigarettes in prison?

3. How does Malcolm avoid the draft?

4. Why does Malcolm change his surname from Small to X?

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

6. What does Alex Haley write in this chapter,written after Malcolm's death?

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

8. Describe Harlem while Malcolm is living there.

9. What does Malcolm learn while he is in Africa?

10. Why is the nation of Islam so important to people like Malcolm?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point the book uses Boston as a setting.

1) What meaning does Boston bring to the book? What would you automatically link with someone who grew up in Boston?

2) How different do you think today's Boston is to the Boston in the book? How do you think the book's meaning would change if it were set in today's Boston?

3) How do you think the setting contributes to the book's humor?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the differences between Islam and Christianity. What are the strengths and weaknesses of both religions? How much do people in America know about the Islamic religion compared to Christianity? Do the students think that we need to understand other religions before we criticize them? Has this been a problem in the past?

Essay Topic 3

Look at the Nation of Islam in the Sixties. What were people's views on the Nation of Islam? Was there any Nation of Islam literature?How was Nation of Islam presented in popular culture? Has this representation affected the way people think about the Nation of Islam today?

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