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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Baldwin criticize the book Native Son?
(a) The book describes the life of a Negro man as if he was a White man.
(b) The book negates the whole race and converts the Negro man's pride into anger.
(c) The book dehumanizes Negro women and makes the Negro man superior to the Negro woman.
(d) The book negates the role of the black woman in society.

2. How long did the quartet's trip to Atlanta last?
(a) 14 days.
(b) 20 days.
(c) 18 days.
(d) 16 days.

3. Where is Atlanta located?
(a) New York.
(b) Tennessee.
(c) Georgia.
(d) Mississippi.

4. According to Baldwin, if black faces cannot be made white then what other way can they be changed in order to be less offensive to white society?
(a) Clear.
(b) White.
(c) Light.
(d) Blank.

5. According to Baldwin, what color is associated with evil?
(a) Red.
(b) Black.
(c) White.
(d) Green.

6. Which of the following is not a characteristic given to history by Baldwin?
(a) Injustices.
(b) Negative images in the media.
(c) Slum.
(d) Remote Violence.

7. Why does Baldwin think it is safe for the film Carmen Jones to utilize an all-Negro cast?
(a) The all-Negro cast is less intimidating.
(b) There are no white people to which the Negroes may be compared.
(c) White people do not want to see an interracial cast.
(d) The Negroes would see a movie with an all-Negro cast.

8. What was the name of the establishment where the Melodeers ate their meals while in Atlanta?
(a) Hunter Street Café.
(b) Red's Diner.
(c) Fraziers' Café.
(d) Fraziers' Diner.

9. How does Baldwin describe the relationship between the Negroes and the Jews in Harlem?
(a) Indifferent.
(b) Unwanted.
(c) Amicable.
(d) Contentious.

10. Which of the following artists was mentioned in the Harlem Ghetto chapter as having a column in the People's Voice?
(a) Joe Adams.
(b) Dorothy Dandridge.
(c) Lena Horne.
(d) Harry Belafonte.

11. Why is the language and dialect in the film Carmen Jones considered an insult on black people?
(a) Because the characters speak like enslaved Africans.
(b) Because the characters speak like northern born Negroes.
(c) Because the characters speak like stereotypical Negroes.
(d) Because the characters speak like antebellum Negroes adopting the patterns language of their masters.

12. How many of Baldwin's brothers were in the quartet?
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) Four.
(d) Three.

13. 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 like being entertained by the stereotypical figures of Black Americans.
(b) Because Whites want to believe the happy, subservient personas of Black people
(c) Because African Americans love to imitate these types of stereotypical characters.
(d) Because Whites want to believe that Black people are unhappy with their lives.

14. What does Baldwin regard as the most important thing about the film Carmen Jones?
(a) The impression it leaves about the realities of Negro life.
(b) The questions it leaves about the relationship between Whites and Negroes.
(c) The questions it leaves in the mind relate more to inferior life of Americans.
(d) The changes it suggests about the lives of Negroes.

15. What negative stereotype does the character Carmen Jones perpetuate?
(a) The stereotype of subservient Negro women.
(b) The stereotype of light skinned Negroes being smarter than dark skinned Negroes.
(c) The stereotype of rampant sexuality.
(d) The stereotype of Negro women being the desire of white men's lust.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the political affiliation of the Amsterdam Star-News?

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

3. Protest novels are said to resemble:

4. Baldwin believes that the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin should have been:

5. Why does Baldwin insist that the operatic songs performed by the cast in the film Carmen Jones have no connection to Negro life?

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