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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Many Thousands Gone.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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 Othello.
(b) Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom.
(c) Carmen Jones and Uncle Tom.
(d) Aunt Jemima and Carmen Jones.

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

4. What point of view does Baldwin use in this essay?
(a) First person narrative.
(b) First person limited narrative.
(c) Third person narrative.
(d) Second person narrative.

5. What are protest novels?
(a) Reality connecting nowhere with fantasy.
(b) Racism connecting nowhere to social policy.
(c) Fantasies connecting nowhere to reality.
(d) Socialism connecting nowhere to racism.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Baldwin, why has the face of the Negro changed over time?

2. Why does Baldwin assert that White people contribute to the perpetuation of the stereotypical characters such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom?

3. Why was Uncle Tom's Cabin was written?

4. According to Baldwin, how does the book Native Son obliterate the good will of the people as a whole?

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

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