Notes of a Native Son Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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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, 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 that stereotypical images share laudatory and heinous qualities with the best possible traits coming to the surface for white consumption.
(b) 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.
(c) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that white men only like subservient black men and women.
(d) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that Negroes are always angry at white men.

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

3. Baldwin believes that the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin should have been:
(a) A Novel.
(b) A Play.
(c) A Pamphlet.
(d) A Short Story.

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

5. According to Baldwin, who are the three most important characters in Uncle Tom's Cabin?
(a) Uncle Tom, Miss Ophelia, and Eliza.
(b) George, Eliza, and Uncle Tom.
(c) George, Miss Ophelia, and Uncle Tom.
(d) George, St. Clair, and Uncle Tom.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What stereotypical trait do the immoral and evil characters share in the film Carmen Jones?

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

4. What is the theme of Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son?

5. How was the 1955 production of Carmen Jones different than previous productions?

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