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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. What Hollywood studio produced the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Universal Studios.
(b) Walt Disney Studios.
(c) Twentieth Century Fox.
(d) MGM Studios.

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 antebellum Negroes adopting the patterns language of their masters.
(c) Because the characters speak like northern born Negroes.
(d) Because the characters speak like enslaved Africans.

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

4. According to Baldwin, why has the face of the Negro changed over time?
(a) Because of the portrayal of Uncle Tom.
(b) Because African Americans refuted the stereotypical images Aunt Jemima.
(c) Because of the white man's need for making Negroes as white as possible in order to interact with them.
(d) Because of the white man's need for making Negroes cook and clean the white man's home.

5. How was the 1955 production of Carmen Jones different than previous productions?
(a) It had an all-Negro cast.
(b) It had an all-white cast.
(c) It had an interracial cast.
(d) It had an all-African cast.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How are the oppressed and oppressor described in the book, Notes of a Native Son?

3. What has made some changes in the face of the Negro?

4. 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?

5. Baldwin believes that the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin should have been:

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