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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 are the oppressed and oppressor described in the book, Notes of a Native Son?
(a) They are both are oppressed.
(b) They are divided by society.
(c) They are bound together within the same society.
(d) They are separated by common law.

2. What two stereotypical figures does the author portray as portraits of the Negro in America with laudatory and heinous qualities?
(a) Aunt Jemima and Carmen Jones.
(b) Aunt Jemima and Othello.
(c) Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom.
(d) Carmen Jones and Uncle Tom.

3. Why does Baldwin think it is safe for the film Carmen Jones to utilize an all-Negro cast?
(a) The Negroes would see a movie with an all-Negro cast.
(b) The all-Negro cast is less intimidating.
(c) There are no white people to which the Negroes may be compared.
(d) White people do not want to see an interracial cast.

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

5. According to Baldwin, what has led to unforeseen paradoxical distress?
(a) Our passion for clarity.
(b) Our passion for knowledge.
(c) Our passion for categorization.
(d) Our passion for change.

Short Answer Questions

1. What Hollywood studio produced the film Carmen Jones?

2. According to Baldwin, if black faces cannot be made white then what other way can they be changed in order to be less offensive to white society?

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

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

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

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