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

2. Why does Baldwin criticize the book Native Son?
(a) The book dehumanizes Negro women and makes the Negro man superior to the Negro woman.
(b) The book negates the role of the black woman in society.
(c) The book negates the whole race and converts the Negro man's pride into anger.
(d) The book describes the life of a Negro man as if he was a White man.

3. 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 questions it leaves in the mind relate more to inferior life of Americans.
(d) The impression it leaves about the realities of Negro life.

4. How are the oppressed and oppressor described in the book, Notes of a Native Son?
(a) They are bound together within the same society.
(b) They are divided by society.
(c) They are both are oppressed.
(d) They are separated by common law.

5. What stereotypical trait do the immoral and evil characters share in the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Coarse hair.
(b) Dark colored skin.
(c) Overweight.
(d) Brown eyes.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Baldwin describe literature on the subject of the Negro in America when it is written by Whites?

2. Why does Baldwin criticize the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set?

3. What negative stereotype does the character Carmen Jones perpetuate?

4. Baldwin believes that the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin should have been:

5. According to Baldwin, why has the face of the Negro changed over time?

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