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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through A Question of Identity.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What term does Baldwin use to describe the lives of American student in Paris in the 1950s?
(a) Social Congruence.
(b) Social Limbo.
(c) Social Butterflies.
(d) Social Stability.

2. 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?
(a) Black men are inferior to white men.
(b) Blacks need to make themselves less offensive.
(c) Black is a terrible color with which to be born into the world.
(d) The Negro is a man without a homeland.

3. What does Baldwin say is the hatred symbol of Harlem?
(a) The Black man.
(b) The Negro.
(c) The Jew.
(d) The Mulatto.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How does Baldwin describe the relationship between the Negroes and the Jews in Harlem?

4. What phenomenon does Baldwin address in the essay entitled, A Question of Identity?

5. Baldwin believed that the American Negro in Paris in the 1940s and 50s was forced to exercise what practice?

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