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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. Why does Baldwin criticize the book Native Son?
(a) The book negates the role of the black woman in society.
(b) The book dehumanizes Negro women and makes the Negro man superior to the Negro woman.
(c) The book describes the life of a Negro man as if he was a White man.
(d) The book negates the whole race and converts the Negro man's pride into anger.

2. According to Baldwin, why has the face of the Negro changed over time?
(a) Because African Americans refuted the stereotypical images Aunt Jemima.
(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 of the portrayal of Uncle Tom.

3. What stereotypical trait is shared by the female and male leads in the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Light colored skin.
(b) Dark colored skin.
(c) Blue eyes.
(d) Fine hair.

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

5. What does Baldwin suggest the presupposition of the two novels Kingsblood Royal and If He Hollers Let Him Go are in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) Black men are inferior to white men.
(b) The Negro is a man without a homeland.
(c) Blacks need to make themselves less offensive.
(d) Black is a terrible color with which to be born into the world.

Short Answer Questions

1. Baldwin believes that the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin should have been:

2. Who is the author of Native Son?

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

4. What novel does Baldwin criticize as a more modern piece of shallow propaganda from the Negro experience?

5. What is dehumanization of the Negro inseparable from?

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