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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Carmen Jones: The Dark Is Light Enough.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How is the Negro in America referred to in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) A series of mishaps.
(b) A gloomy mist.
(c) A mass of darkness.
(d) A series of shadows.

2. Why is the language and dialect in the film Carmen Jones considered an insult on black people?
(a) Because the characters speak like stereotypical Negroes.
(b) Because the characters speak like northern born Negroes.
(c) Because the characters speak like enslaved Africans.
(d) Because the characters speak like antebellum Negroes adopting the patterns language of their masters.

3. Who played the lead male role in the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Sidney Poitier.
(b) Joe Adams.
(c) Sammy Davis, Jr.
(d) Harry Belafonte.

4. What genre of film is the movie Carmen Jones?
(a) Horror.
(b) Drama .
(c) Opera.
(d) Comedy.

5. What novel does Baldwin criticize as a more modern piece of shallow propaganda from the Negro experience?
(a) Black No More.
(b) Carmen Jones.
(c) Native Son.
(d) Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Baldwin criticize the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set?

2. How does Baldwin describe a "new society" in the book, Notes of a Native Son?

3. How does Baldwin describe literature on the subject of the Negro in America when it is written by Blacks?

4. In what era did James Baldwin write Notes of a Native Son?

5. What is the avowed aim of the American protest novel?

(see the answer key)

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