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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What has made some changes in the face of the Negro?
(a) History.
(b) Slavery.
(c) Time.
(d) Age.

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

5. Where can the true raison d'être of the Negro press be found?
(a) Letters to the editor.
(b) Lifestyle sections of the Black magazines.
(c) Ebony magazine.
(d) The front pages of the Negro newspapers.

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

7. What newspaper rivaled the Amsterdam Star-News in the 1940s?
(a) The Afro-American.
(b) The Pittsburgh Courier.
(c) The People's Voice.
(d) The New York Times.

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

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

10. According to Baldwin, what has led to unforeseen paradoxical distress?
(a) Our passion for knowledge.
(b) Our passion for clarity.
(c) Our passion for change.
(d) Our passion for categorization.

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

12. According to Baldwin, both the Negro and the Jew are characterized as:
(a) Jobless.
(b) Religious.
(c) Helpless.
(d) Cheerful.

13. 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.

14. What's the name of Baldwin's brother who relayed his experience with the Melodeers in Atlanta?
(a) James.
(b) David.
(c) Brian.
(d) Richard.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Since Negroes have been in this country, Baldwin writes that their one devastating gain was:

2. How does Baldwin describe a "new society" in the book, Notes of a Native Son?

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

4. According to Baldwin, why has the face of the Negro changed over time?

5. How is the Negro in America referred to in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

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