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 Laura turns to when he stops seeing her?

2. What war is Malcolm being drafted into in this chapter?

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

4. What does Malcolm say is the equivalent of money in prison?

5. Who does Ella disapprove of Malcolm seeing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Malcolm's job with the madam?

4. How does Malcolm get started on narcotics?

5. In what way did Malcolm's prison education mold his later ideas?

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

7. What happens when Archie and Malcolm finally encounter each other?

8. Describe what Malcolm does when he meets a white woman in Chapter 4.

9. Summarize Chapter 6.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How was Sixties and Fifties Harlem different from Harlem today? Why did Harlem become such a hotbed of political activism and a haven for musicians? Was it the same in any other black ghetto areas in other states or is Harlem unique? Do they think the political activism is a direct influence of living in such international city as New York?

Essay Topic 2

What are the advantages of legalizing drugs? What are the disadvantages? Are drugs a problem in other countries? Why do some countries cope with the drug problem better than others?

Essay Topic 3

How much do you think Malcolm X changed positive representations of African American culture? Is Malcolm's influence still felt today? Are there books, music or even celebrities that derive from Malcolm X's beliefs? What positive impact have Malcolm X's ideas had on society? Do you think Malcolm's ideas have had any negative impacts upon society?

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