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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What is the avowed aim of the American protest novel?
(a) To bring Christianity to the oppressed.
(b) To bring greater freedom to the oppressed.
(c) To bring the ideals of socialism to the oppressed.
(d) To bring greater charity to the oppressed.
2. Why does Baldwin criticize the book Native Son?
(a) The book negates the whole race and converts the Negro man's pride into anger.
(b) The book describes the life of a Negro man as if he was a White man.
(c) The book negates the role of the black woman in society.
(d) The book dehumanizes Negro women and makes the Negro man superior to the Negro woman.
3. How was the 1955 production of Carmen Jones different than previous productions?
(a) It had an interracial cast.
(b) It had an all-African cast.
(c) It had an all-Negro cast.
(d) It had an all-white cast.
4. What was the name of the establishment where the Melodeers ate their meals while in Atlanta?
(a) Red's Diner.
(b) Fraziers' Café.
(c) Hunter Street Café.
(d) Fraziers' Diner.
5. What does Baldwin suggest the presupposition of the two novels Kingsblood Royal and If He Hollers Let Him Go are in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) Black men are inferior to white men.
(b) Blacks need to make themselves less offensive.
(c) Black is a terrible color with which to be born into the world.
(d) The Negro is a man without a homeland.
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 African Americans love to imitate these types of stereotypical characters.
(c) Because Whites want to believe that Black people are unhappy with their lives.
(d) Because Whites like being entertained by the stereotypical figures of Black Americans.
7. Who was the presidential candidate representing the Progressive Party at the time Baldwin wrote this essay?
(a) Clarence Warde.
(b) James Jordan.
(c) Henry Wallace.
(d) Paul Roberson.
8. What is dehumanization of the Negro inseparable from?
(a) The loss of our own identity.
(b) The loss of Negroes to slavery.
(c) The loss of African American identity.
(d) The loss of racial identity.
9. What biblical story does Baldwin say allows the Blacks to identify with Jews?
(a) God's Covenant with Abraham.
(b) Moses' deliverance from Egypt.
(c) God's creation of Adam.
(d) Jesus' crucifixion.
10. What are there more of in Harlem than any other ghetto in the city?
(d) Grocery Stores.
11. 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.
12. According to Baldwin, both the Negro and the Jew are characterized as:
13. What is not one of the two legends of the "white Gentile" as described by Baldwin?
(a) He has divided Negro men and women.
(b) He treats the Negro like a slave.
(c) He has divided the Jews and Negroes.
(d) He has taught the Negro to be inferior.
14. What was the aim of the quartet groups like the Melodeers?
(a) To sing at churches.
(b) To change Whites' views of Black music.
(c) To travel to other parts of the country.
(d) To make a livelihood from music.
15. Why did Baldwin think the Negro vote was so easily bought and sold in the 1940s?
(a) Because Blacks did care about politics.
(b) Because Whites has a great influence in Black politics.
(c) Because it was treated with little respect.
(d) Because Blacks were in need of money.
Short Answer Questions
1. Where can the true raison d'être of the Negro press be found?
2. What does Baldwin say it means for the Negro to be religious?
3. Protest novels are said to resemble:
4. Of all Americans, who does Baldwin say Negroes distrust the most?
5. What novel does Baldwin compare Uncle Tom's Cabin to?
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