Notes of a Native Son Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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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. Why does Baldwin assert that White people contribute to the perpetuation of the stereotypical characters such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom?
(a) Because Whites like being entertained by the stereotypical figures of Black Americans.
(b) Because Whites want to believe the happy, subservient personas of Black people
(c) Because African Americans love to imitate these types of stereotypical characters.
(d) Because Whites want to believe that Black people are unhappy with their lives.

2. What are protest novels?
(a) Fantasies connecting nowhere to reality.
(b) Racism connecting nowhere to social policy.
(c) Socialism connecting nowhere to racism.
(d) Reality connecting nowhere with fantasy.

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

4. Protest novels are said to resemble:
(a) Missionaries to America.
(b) Missionaries to Africa.
(c) Missionaries to India.
(d) Missionaries to South America.

5. What does Baldwin suggest the presupposition of the two novels Kingsblood Royal and If He Hollers Let Him Go are in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) Blacks need to make themselves less offensive.
(b) Black men are inferior to white men.
(c) The Negro is a man without a homeland.
(d) Black is a terrible color with which to be born into the world.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin?

2. What two stereotypical figures does the author portray as portraits of the Negro in America with laudatory and heinous qualities?

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

4. According to Baldwin, who are the three most important characters in Uncle Tom's Cabin?

5. How was the 1955 production of Carmen Jones different than previous productions?

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