The Autobiography of Malcolm X Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of personality does Haley state that Malcolm has?

2. With how many secretaries does Malcolm find that Muhammad has been sexually involved?

3. With which old friend does Malcolm reunite in Boston?

4. In what year does this chapter open?

5. What does Malcolm leave to Archie?

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

Look at the Nation of Islam in the Sixties. What were people's views on the Nation of Islam? Was there any Nation of Islam literature?How was Nation of Islam presented in popular culture? Has this representation affected the way people think about the Nation of Islam today?

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