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 say he learns from the black community in Boston?

2. Which members of the gang try to get into houses for tours?

3. What does Malcolm receive a lesson on in Harlem?

4. Who does Ella disapprove of Malcolm seeing?

5. What kind of school did Malcolm have to attend while at the Gohannas?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe this final chapter.

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

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

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

7. Describe Malcolm's reunion with Archie.

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

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

10. In ways does Malcom learn that thing are not always as they appear?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Haley was also an African American whose family suffered slavery and racism. Adhering to the rule that writers should always write about what they know, do you think it is obvious that Haley knows his subject? What difference do you think it makes to the story? Are there any moments where you think Haley does not portray a person or setting so well? What effect does it have on the story?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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