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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 does Baldwin regard as the most important thing about the film Carmen Jones?
(a) The questions it leaves about the relationship between Whites and Negroes.
(b) The changes it suggests about the lives of Negroes.
(c) The questions it leaves in the mind relate more to inferior life of Americans.
(d) The impression it leaves about the realities of Negro life.

2. The story of Carmen Jones deals with what type of people?
(a) Moral.
(b) Immortal.
(c) Immortal
(d) Amoral.

3. How does Baldwin describe a "new society" in the book, Notes of a Native Son?
(a) One in which inequalities change because of protests.
(b) One in which Negros resume their slave duties.
(c) One in which inequalities will disappear and vengeance will be exacted.
(d) One in which Negros and Whites work together.

4. 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?
(a) White.
(b) Clear.
(c) Light.
(d) Blank.

5. According to Baldwin, what characteristic does Dorothy Dandridge have that Pearl Bailey lacks?
(a) Aggression.
(b) Sexiness.
(c) Shyness.
(d) Charisma.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Baldwin criticize the book Native Son?

2. Who played the villainous second male lead in Carmen Jones?

3. According to Baldwin, at what point does the making of an American begin?

4. Protest novels are said to resemble:

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

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