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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How is the Negro in America referred to in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) A series of shadows.
(b) A gloomy mist.
(c) A series of mishaps.
(d) A mass of darkness.

3. What point of view does Baldwin use in this essay?
(a) First person narrative.
(b) Third person narrative.
(c) Second person narrative.
(d) First person limited narrative.

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 African Americans love to imitate these types of stereotypical characters.
(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 Whites want to believe that Black people are unhappy with their lives.

5. Who was the legal guardian and road manager of the Melodeers during their journey to Atlanta?
(a) Clarence Warde.
(b) Adam Jones.
(c) Henry Wallace.
(d) Branson Price.

6. What is the theme of Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son?
(a) Racial prejudice.
(b) Self-righteousness.
(c) Self-worth.
(d) Apartheid.

7. What is not one of the two legends of the "white Gentile" as described by Baldwin?
(a) He has divided the Jews and Negroes.
(b) He has taught the Negro to be inferior.
(c) He treats the Negro like a slave.
(d) He has divided Negro men and women.

8. According to Baldwin, what color are the robes of the saved?
(a) Red.
(b) White.
(c) Green.
(d) Black.

9. How does Baldwin describe a "new society" in the book, Notes of a Native Son?
(a) One in which inequalities will disappear and vengeance will be exacted.
(b) One in which inequalities change because of protests.
(c) One in which Negros and Whites work together.
(d) One in which Negros resume their slave duties.

10. What is the setting of the opening of Native Son?
(a) The projects of the Bronx, NY.
(b) A Chicago tenement.
(c) A Harlem apartment.
(d) A YMCA in Atlanta, GA.

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

12. Where did the Melodeers ultimately end up rehearsing for their performances in Atlanta?
(a) A private home.
(b) YWCA.
(c) YMCA.
(d) A Negro motel.

13. Who had the money to pay for the Melodeers' accommodations in Atlanta?
(a) Clarance Warde.
(b) Mrs. Brandon Price.
(c) Henry Wallace.
(d) Louis Burner.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Baldwin say is the hatred symbol of Harlem?

2. Where can the true raison d'être of the Negro press be found?

3. Why did Baldwin think the Negro vote was so easily bought and sold in the 1940s?

4. Why was Uncle Tom's Cabin was written?

5. 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?

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