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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Journey to Atlanta.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How has Harlem changed since Baldwin's parents' lifetime?
(a) A great deal.
(b) Not at all.
(c) Somewhat in the Jewish occupied areas.
(d) Not much.

2. According to Baldwin, why has the face of the Negro changed over time?
(a) Because of the portrayal of Uncle Tom.
(b) Because of the white man's need for making Negroes cook and clean the white man's home.
(c) Because of the white man's need for making Negroes as white as possible in order to interact with them.
(d) Because African Americans refuted the stereotypical images Aunt Jemima.

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

4. 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 view the black actors as equals.
(c) The cleanliness makes white audiences want to watch more Negro movies.
(d) The cleanliness makes white audiences more comfortable with seeing Negroes in familiar situations.

5. What does Baldwin say it means for the Negro to be religious?
(a) He stands in fear of God.
(b) He stands in fear of creation.
(c) He stands in fear of man.
(d) He stands in fear of beast.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not a characteristic given to history by Baldwin?

2. Although it is known that African Americans are not biologically or mentally inferior, what occurred during the World War II?

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

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

5. How does Baldwin say American life compares to life in other parts of the world in the 1940s?

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