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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. What does Baldwin regard as the most important thing about the film Carmen Jones?
(a) The changes it suggests about the lives of Negroes.
(b) The questions it leaves about the relationship between Whites and Negroes.
(c) The impression it leaves about the realities of Negro life.
(d) The questions it leaves in the mind relate more to inferior life of Americans.

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

3. What is the avowed aim of the American protest novel?
(a) To bring Christianity to the oppressed.
(b) To bring the ideals of socialism to the oppressed.
(c) To bring greater freedom to the oppressed.
(d) To bring greater charity to the oppressed.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Baldwin, what has led to unforeseen paradoxical distress?

2. According to Baldwin, what color is associated with evil?

3. According to Baldwin, what characteristic does Dorothy Dandridge have that Pearl Bailey lacks?

4. What novel does Baldwin compare Uncle Tom's Cabin to?

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

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