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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. How was the 1955 production of Carmen Jones different than previous productions?
(a) It had an all-Negro cast.
(b) It had an interracial cast.
(c) It had an all-white cast.
(d) It had an all-African cast.

2. What novel does Baldwin criticize as a more modern piece of shallow propaganda from the Negro experience?
(a) Carmen Jones.
(b) Black No More.
(c) Native Son.
(d) Uncle Tom's Cabin.

3. How is the story of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) The story of the original American settlers.
(b) The story of African Americans.
(c) The story of Native Americans.
(d) The story of Americans.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Baldwin, what color are the robes of the saved?

2. How is history and the progress of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

3. Why is the language and dialect in the film Carmen Jones considered an insult on black people?

4. What stereotypical trait is shared by the female and male leads in the film Carmen Jones?

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

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