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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What biblical story does Baldwin say allows the Blacks to identify with Jews?
(a) Jesus' crucifixion.
(b) God's Covenant with Abraham.
(c) Moses' deliverance from Egypt.
(d) God's creation of Adam.

4. What novel does Baldwin criticize as a more modern piece of shallow propaganda from the Negro experience?
(a) Carmen Jones.
(b) Native Son.
(c) Uncle Tom's Cabin.
(d) Black No More.

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

6. Why does Baldwin criticize the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set?
(a) Because it does not accurately portray the American ghetto.
(b) Because they do not accurately portray the environments of the working class Negroes characterized in the movie.
(c) Because they do not show the intermingling of working class Negroes and Whites.
(d) Because they do not accurately portray the working-class.

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

8. What negative stereotype does the character Carmen Jones perpetuate?
(a) The stereotype of light skinned Negroes being smarter than dark skinned Negroes.
(b) The stereotype of subservient Negro women.
(c) The stereotype of Negro women being the desire of white men's lust.
(d) The stereotype of rampant sexuality.

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

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

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 as white as possible in order to interact with them.
(b) Because of the portrayal of Uncle Tom.
(c) Because African Americans refuted the stereotypical images Aunt Jemima.
(d) Because of the white man's need for making Negroes cook and clean the white man's home.

12. What is dehumanization of the Negro inseparable from?
(a) The loss of our own identity.
(b) The loss of racial identity.
(c) The loss of African American identity.
(d) The loss of Negroes to slavery.

13. Of all Americans, who does Baldwin say Negroes distrust the most?
(a) Lawyers.
(b) Jews.
(c) Politicians.
(d) Musicians.

14. Which of the following artists was mentioned in the Harlem Ghetto chapter as having a column in the People's Voice?
(a) Lena Horne.
(b) Harry Belafonte.
(c) Dorothy Dandridge.
(d) Joe Adams.

15. Who played the lead male role in the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Harry Belafonte.
(b) Sammy Davis, Jr.
(c) Sidney Poitier.
(d) Joe Adams.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Baldwin claim Jews and Negroes must use in order to be accepted in the 1940s and 1950s?

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

3. Where is Atlanta located?

4. How is history and the progress of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

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

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