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. For what does Malcolm bribe the guards?

2. Which member of the gang starts to make serious mistakes?

3. What does Malcolm sell to the customers on the train?

4. Where does Malcolm work after the shoeshine job?

5. What does Malcolm's mother attempt to get in order to support her children?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Malcolm given the nickname Satan?

3. How would Malcolm turn around his life?

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

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

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

7. Describe Malcolm's reunion with Archie.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

What is Islam? How are its teachings different from Christianity? Why did Malcolm identify so much with Islam? Why do the teachings of Islam and the teachings of Christianity seem to clash? Is it just to do with religion?

Essay Topic 2

Look at Spike Lee's adaptation of the book. Is it how the students would visualize the book? Do the students think the film is objective? What new meaning do the students think that Denzel Washington and Spike Lee bring to the work? How different do the students think the film would be if it were directed by a white director or starred, for example, Samuel Lee Jackson?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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