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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Where did the Melodeers room while in Atlanta?
(a) a Negro motel.
(b) YWCA.
(c) YMCA.
(d) The homes of Progressive Party members.

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

5. What did the parents of the Melodeers oppose prior to their departure for Atlanta?
(a) The trip to Atlanta.
(b) An extra tour.
(c) Only one chaperone for the group.
(d) Mr. Wades as the group's manager and guardian .

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

7. What two big name magazines, popular in the African American community in the 1940s, are mentioned in the chapter entitled The Harlem Ghetto?
(a) Ebony and Jet.
(b) Ebony and Our World.
(c) Essence and Jet.
(d) Ebony and Essence.

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

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

10. According to Baldwin, how does the book Native Son obliterate the good will of the people as a whole?
(a) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story of hatred and the idea that Negroes can only become validated if they become more like white men.
(b) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that white men only like subservient black men and women.
(c) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that stereotypical images share laudatory and heinous qualities with the best possible traits coming to the surface for white consumption.
(d) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that Negroes are always angry at white men.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Why is the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set necessary for white audiences?

3. What's the name of Baldwin's brother who relayed his experience with the Melodeers in Atlanta?

4. According to Baldwin, what has led to unforeseen paradoxical distress?

5. Why does Baldwin criticize the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set?

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