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. How does Baldwin describe literature on the subject of the Negro in America when it is written by Whites?
(a) Problem Literature.
(b) Protest Literature.
(c) Social Literature.
(d) Change Literature.

2. In what era did James Baldwin write Notes of a Native Son?
(a) Pre-civil rights era.
(b) Slavery era.
(c) Civil rights era.
(d) Colonial.

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

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

5. 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 want to believe that Black people are unhappy with their lives.
(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 like being entertained by the stereotypical figures of Black Americans.

Short Answer Questions

1. What stereotypical trait do the immoral and evil characters share in the film Carmen Jones?

2. What Hollywood studio produced the film Carmen Jones?

3. The story of Carmen Jones deals with what type of people?

4. What novel does Baldwin compare Uncle Tom's Cabin to?

5. What is dehumanization of the Negro inseparable from?

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