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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Baldwin say American life compares to life in other parts of the world in the 1940s?
(a) Life in America moves at the same pace as other places in the world.
(b) People in America are indifferent to what is going on in other parts of the world.
(c) Life in America moves slower.
(d) Life in America moves faster.

2. What genre of film is the movie Carmen Jones?
(a) Comedy.
(b) Horror.
(c) Drama .
(d) Opera.

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

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

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

6. Who played the lead role of Carmen in the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Lena Horne.
(b) Dorothy Dandridge.
(c) Pearl Bailey.
(d) Carmen Jones.

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

8. Since Negroes have been in this country, Baldwin writes that their one devastating gain was:
(a) Colonization.
(b) Abolition.
(c) Emancipation.
(d) Slavery.

9. What are protest novels?
(a) Fantasies connecting nowhere to reality.
(b) Reality connecting nowhere with fantasy.
(c) Socialism connecting nowhere to racism.
(d) Racism connecting nowhere to social policy.

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

11. Who is the author of Native Son?
(a) Richard Wright.
(b) James Baldwin.
(c) Harriet Beecher Stowe.
(d) Langston Hughes.

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

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

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

15. How has Harlem changed since Baldwin's parents' lifetime?
(a) Not at all.
(b) Somewhat in the Jewish occupied areas.
(c) Not much.
(d) A great deal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Protest novels are said to resemble:

2. What does Baldwin regard as the most important thing about the film Carmen Jones?

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

4. How was the 1955 production of Carmen Jones different than previous productions?

5. Who played the villainous second male lead in Carmen Jones?

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