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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How is history and the progress of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) Anti-Social.
(b) Social.
(c) Sufficient.
(d) Non-existent.

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

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

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

5. Baldwin believes that the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin should have been:
(a) A Short Story.
(b) A Pamphlet.
(c) A Novel.
(d) A Play.

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

7. Where is Harlem located?
(a) New York.
(b) New Jersey.
(c) California.
(d) Georgia.

8. Who is the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin?
(a) James Baldwin.
(b) George S. Schuyler.
(c) Harriet Beecher Stowe.
(d) Richard Wright.

9. What novel does Baldwin compare Uncle Tom's Cabin to?
(a) Native Son.
(b) Othello.
(c) Little Women.
(d) Black Boy.

10. How was the 1955 production of Carmen Jones different than previous productions?
(a) It had an all-African cast.
(b) It had an all-white cast.
(c) It had an all-Negro cast.
(d) It had an interracial cast.

11. According to Baldwin, why has the face of the Negro changed over time?
(a) Because of the white man's need for making Negroes cook and clean the white man's home.
(b) Because of the portrayal of Uncle Tom.
(c) Because of the white man's need for making Negroes as white as possible in order to interact with them.
(d) Because African Americans refuted the stereotypical images Aunt Jemima.

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

13. What does Baldwin say it means for the Negro to be religious?
(a) He stands in fear of God.
(b) He stands in fear of creation.
(c) He stands in fear of man.
(d) He stands in fear of beast.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is not one of the two legends of the "white Gentile" as described by Baldwin?

3. The story of Carmen Jones deals with what type of people?

4. How has Harlem changed since Baldwin's parents' lifetime?

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

(see the answer keys)

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