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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. Instead of discussing the past, what does Baldwin suggest the American Negro and Whites discuss while in Paris in the 1940s and 50s?
(a) The Eiffel Tower.
(b) French politics.
(c) American politics.
(d) Musicians.

2. Who traveled with Baldwin to visit his dying father on Long Island?
(a) Baldwin's friend.
(b) Baldwin's aunt.
(c) Baldwin's mother.
(d) Baldwin's brother.

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

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. Why does Baldwin criticize the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set?
(a) Because they do not accurately portray the working-class.
(b) Because they do not show the intermingling of working class Negroes and Whites.
(c) Because it does not accurately portray the American ghetto.
(d) Because they do not accurately portray the environments of the working class Negroes characterized in the movie.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Baldwin's father born?

2. Where was Baldwin's father born?

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

4. What performer did Baldwin believe would be remembered for their performance as the embattled solider in Broadway's Deep Are the Roots?

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

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