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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What novel does Baldwin criticize as a more modern piece of shallow propaganda from the Negro experience?
(a) Native Son.
(b) Black No More.
(c) Carmen Jones.
(d) Uncle Tom's Cabin.

2. How is the Negro in America referred to in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) A series of shadows.
(b) A gloomy mist.
(c) A series of mishaps.
(d) A mass of darkness.

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

4. Why does Baldwin assert that White people contribute to the perpetuation of the stereotypical characters such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom?
(a) Because African Americans love to imitate these types of stereotypical characters.
(b) Because Whites want to believe that Black people are unhappy with their lives.
(c) Because Whites want to believe the happy, subservient personas of Black people
(d) Because Whites like being entertained by the stereotypical figures of Black Americans.

5. How is the story of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) The story of Native Americans.
(b) The story of African Americans.
(c) The story of Americans.
(d) The story of the original American settlers.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not a characteristic given to history by Baldwin?

2. Protest novels are said to resemble:

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

4. According to Baldwin, what color are the robes of the saved?

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

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