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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Encounter on the Seine: Black Meets Brown.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Baldwin, how did an American Negro view another American Negro in Paris during the 1940s and 50s?
(a) A source of sadness.
(b) A source of joy.
(c) A source of rage.
(d) A source of knowledge.

2. According to Baldwin, who were the only people able to maintain a useful and unquestioned friendship with Negroes during the 1940s and 50s in Paris?
(a) Negro soliders.
(b) Negro entertainers.
(c) White Americans.
(d) The French.

3. What was the aim of the quartet groups like the Melodeers?
(a) To travel to other parts of the country.
(b) To change Whites' views of Black music.
(c) To sing at churches.
(d) To make a livelihood from music.

4. Why does Baldwin assert that White people contribute to the perpetuation of the stereotypical characters such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom?
(a) Because Whites want to believe that Black people are unhappy with their lives.
(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 African Americans love to imitate these types of stereotypical characters.

5. How does Baldwin describe the lives of the nonperforming Negroes in Paris as compared to the lives of Negro entertainers in the 1940s and 50s?
(a) Boring.
(b) Isolated.
(c) Deprived.
(d) Exciting.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Baldwin suggest the presupposition of the two novels Kingsblood Royal and If He Hollers Let Him Go are in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

2. What two stereotypical figures does the author portray as portraits of the Negro in America with laudatory and heinous qualities?

3. What technique did Baldwin say he used in arguments with his father?

4. How has Harlem changed since Baldwin's parents' lifetime?

5. Who played the lead role of Carmen in the film Carmen Jones?

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