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 sister live?

2. Which character in this chapter wants to kill Malcolm?

3. What do Laura and Malcolm make a date to do?

4. Who does Malcolm blame for Laura's demise?

5. What game does Malcolm play in Harlem?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Malcolm feel the press are trying to divide the black community?

2. How does Malcolm's trip to Boston change him?

3. Why did prison prove to be a good thing for Malcolm?

4. What does Malcolm find African American life like in Chapter 2?

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

6. Describe how Malcolm begins to make a name for himself.

7. Describe Malcolm's visit home in Chapter 5.

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

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

10. How does Malcolm avoid the draft?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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