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

2. According to Baldwin, why has the face of the Negro changed over time?
(a) Because of the white man's need for making Negroes cook and clean the white man's home.
(b) Because of the portrayal of Uncle Tom.
(c) Because of the white man's need for making Negroes as white as possible in order to interact with them.
(d) Because African Americans refuted the stereotypical images Aunt Jemima.

3. Who played the villainous second male lead in Carmen Jones?
(a) Harry Belafonte.
(b) Sammy Davis, Jr.
(c) Joe Adams.
(d) Sidney Poitier.

4. According to Baldwin, how does the book Native Son obliterate the good will of the people as a whole?
(a) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story of hatred and the idea that Negroes can only become validated if they become more like white men.
(b) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that white men only like subservient black men and women.
(c) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that Negroes are always angry at white men.
(d) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that stereotypical images share laudatory and heinous qualities with the best possible traits coming to the surface for white consumption.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin?

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

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

4. According to Baldwin, who are the three most important characters in Uncle Tom's Cabin?

5. How does Baldwin describe a "new society" in the book, Notes of a Native Son?

(see the answer key)

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