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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. What are protest novels?
(a) Socialism connecting nowhere to racism.
(b) Racism connecting nowhere to social policy.
(c) Reality connecting nowhere with fantasy.
(d) Fantasies connecting nowhere to reality.

2. What is the avowed aim of the American protest novel?
(a) To bring greater freedom to the oppressed.
(b) To bring greater charity to the oppressed.
(c) To bring Christianity to the oppressed.
(d) To bring the ideals of socialism to the oppressed.

3. Of all Americans, who does Baldwin say Negroes distrust the most?
(a) Politicians.
(b) Lawyers.
(c) Musicians.
(d) Jews.

4. In what year was the all-Black production of Carmen Jones released?
(a) 1957.
(b) 1954.
(c) 1951.
(d) 1955.

5. According to Baldwin, who are the three most important characters in Uncle Tom's Cabin?
(a) George, Miss Ophelia, and Uncle Tom.
(b) George, Eliza, and Uncle Tom.
(c) Uncle Tom, Miss Ophelia, and Eliza.
(d) George, St. Clair, and Uncle Tom.

Short Answer Questions

1. What two big name magazines, popular in the African American community in the 1940s, are mentioned in the chapter entitled The Harlem Ghetto?

2. Why does Baldwin assert that White people contribute to the perpetuation of the stereotypical characters such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom?

3. According to Baldwin, what has the African not yet endured that the American Negro has endured?

4. Who is the author of Native Son?

5. How are the oppressed and oppressor described in the book, Notes of a Native Son?

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