Notes of a Native Son Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 Negros and Whites work together.
(d) One in which inequalities will disappear and vengeance will be exacted.

2. Who is the author of Native Son?
(a) James Baldwin.
(b) Richard Wright.
(c) Langston Hughes.
(d) Harriet Beecher Stowe.

3. What is the avowed aim of the American protest novel?
(a) To bring Christianity to the oppressed.
(b) To bring greater charity to the oppressed.
(c) To bring greater freedom to the oppressed.
(d) To bring the ideals of socialism to the oppressed.

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

5. 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) Change Literature.
(d) Social Literature.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the setting of the opening of Native Son?

2. In what era did James Baldwin write Notes of a Native Son?

3. How is history and the progress of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

4. Protest novels are said to resemble:

5. According to Baldwin, what color is associated with evil?

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