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 does Malcolm have to use for a toilet in his cell?

2. What is the name of the man Malcolm befriends in this chapter?

3. What does Malcolm say he gives to an undercover police officer in this chapter?

4. How long does Malcolm's mother spend in a mental institution?

5. Who does Sammy contact in this chapter?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the whites react to Malcolm having a relationship with a white woman?

2. In what way does Malcolm go about helping to change the Nation of Islam in Chapter 12?

3. In what way does Malcolm appreciate his difficult upbringing?

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

5. Why does Malcolm think hustling is preferable to a normal, straight life?

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

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

8. Summarize Chapter 6.

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

10. What doe Malcolm learn about whites in Chapter 17?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Look at black masculinity. Does the oppression of Malcolm's black male identity contribute to his criminal activities? In what ways can the expression of masculine identity be a positive thing and in what ways can it be negative? What do you think it means to be black and male today?

Essay Topic 2

Examine racism in America. How has it changed? How much do the students think Malcolm X was responsible for this change? Do you think racism still exists? How can we rid the world of racism? How long would it take?

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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