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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 is the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set necessary for white audiences?
(a) The cleanliness makes white audiences more comfortable with the role of the lead male Negro.
(b) The cleanliness makes white audiences more comfortable with seeing Negroes in familiar situations.
(c) The cleanliness makes white audiences view the black actors as equals.
(d) The cleanliness makes white audiences want to watch more Negro movies.

2. The story of Carmen Jones deals with what type of people?
(a) Immortal
(b) Amoral.
(c) Moral.
(d) Immortal.

3. 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 the happy, subservient personas of Black people
(c) Because Whites like being entertained by the stereotypical figures of Black Americans.
(d) Because Whites want to believe that Black people are unhappy with their lives.

4. What point of view does Baldwin use in this essay?
(a) Third person narrative.
(b) First person narrative.
(c) Second person narrative.
(d) First person limited narrative.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How is the Negro in America referred to in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

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

3. What Hollywood studio produced the film Carmen Jones?

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

5. According to Baldwin, how does the book Native Son obliterate the good will of the people as a whole?

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