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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. How does Baldwin describe the American Ideal?
(a) Everyone should reconnect to American history.
(b) Everyone should connect to their cultural identity.
(c) Everyone should be as different as possible.
(d) Everyone should be as alike as possible.

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

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

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

6. According to Baldwin, at what point does the making of an American begin?
(a) At the point that the person enters the country and adopts the venture of the adopted land.
(b) At the point where the individual reaches Ellis Island in New York.
(c) At the point where the individual rejects all other ties and history to other nations and receives their U.S. citizenship from the government.
(d) At the point where the individual rejects all other ties and history to other nations and adopts the venture of the adopted land.

7. Why is the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set necessary for white audiences?
(a) The cleanliness makes white audiences want to watch more Negro movies.
(b) The cleanliness makes white audiences more comfortable with the role of the lead male Negro.
(c) The cleanliness makes white audiences view the black actors as equals.
(d) The cleanliness makes white audiences more comfortable with seeing Negroes in familiar situations.

8. What are there more of in Harlem than any other ghetto in the city?
(a) Grocery Stores.
(b) Prisons.
(c) Churches.
(d) Homes.

9. Why was Uncle Tom's Cabin was written?
(a) To prove slavery is wrong.
(b) To tell the true story of Uncle Tom.
(c) To show the every day life of a slave.
(d) To abolish slavery.

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

11. What stereotypical trait is shared by the female and male leads in the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Dark colored skin.
(b) Fine hair.
(c) Blue eyes.
(d) Light colored skin.

12. How are the oppressed and oppressor described in the book, Notes of a Native Son?
(a) They are both are oppressed.
(b) They are bound together within the same society.
(c) They are separated by common law.
(d) They are divided by society.

13. According to Baldwin, what characteristic does Dorothy Dandridge have that Pearl Bailey lacks?
(a) Shyness.
(b) Sexiness.
(c) Aggression.
(d) Charisma.

14. How does Baldwin describe literature on the subject of the Negro in America when it is written by Whites?
(a) Social Literature.
(b) Change Literature.
(c) Protest Literature.
(d) Problem Literature.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. What is the theme of Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son?

3. What did the parents of the Melodeers oppose prior to their departure for Atlanta?

4. What point of view does Baldwin use in this essay?

5. Who was the legal guardian and road manager of the Melodeers during their journey to Atlanta?

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