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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. Baldwin believes that the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin should have been:
(a) A Pamphlet.
(b) A Novel.
(c) A Play.
(d) A Short Story.

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

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

4. In what year was the all-Black production of Carmen Jones released?
(a) 1951.
(b) 1954.
(c) 1957.
(d) 1955.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How is the Negro in America referred to in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

3. Why does Baldwin criticize the book Native Son?

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

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

(see the answer key)

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