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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What was the political affiliation of the Amsterdam Star-News?
(a) Republican.
(b) Democrat.
(c) Progressive.
(d) Independent.

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

4. What was the aim of the quartet groups like the Melodeers?
(a) To travel to other parts of the country.
(b) To sing at churches.
(c) To change Whites' views of Black music.
(d) To make a livelihood from music.

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

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

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

8. Which of the following is not a characteristic given to history by Baldwin?
(a) Negative images in the media.
(b) Injustices.
(c) Remote Violence.
(d) Slum.

9. 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) The front pages of the Negro newspapers.
(d) Ebony magazine.

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

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

12. Who was the presidential candidate representing the Progressive Party at the time Baldwin wrote this essay?
(a) Henry Wallace.
(b) James Jordan.
(c) Clarence Warde.
(d) Paul Roberson.

13. What does Baldwin claim Jews and Negroes must use in order to be accepted in the 1940s and 1950s?
(a) Every weapon possible.
(b) Knowledge of American society.
(c) American History.
(d) Religion.

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

15. Why did Baldwin think the Negro vote was so easily bought and sold in the 1940s?
(a) Because it was treated with little respect.
(b) Because Blacks did care about politics.
(c) Because Blacks were in need of money.
(d) Because Whites has a great influence in Black politics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Baldwin, what color is associated with evil?

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

3. 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?

4. According to Baldwin, at what point does the making of an American begin?

5. What type of accommodations were promised to the Melodeers prior to leaving for Atlanta?

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