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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 adopts the venture of the adopted land.
(b) At the point that the person enters the country and adopts the venture of the adopted land.
(c) At the point where the individual rejects all other ties and history to other nations and receives their U.S. citizenship from the government.
(d) At the point where the individual reaches Ellis Island in New York.

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

3. Why is the language and dialect in the film Carmen Jones considered an insult on black people?
(a) Because the characters speak like enslaved Africans.
(b) Because the characters speak like antebellum Negroes adopting the patterns language of their masters.
(c) Because the characters speak like northern born Negroes.
(d) Because the characters speak like stereotypical Negroes.

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

5. Why does Baldwin insist that the operatic songs performed by the cast in the film Carmen Jones have no connection to Negro life?
(a) The music pieces were sung by white men and dubbed over the black actor's lip syncs.
(b) The music pieces were sung by white people and dubbed over the black actor's lip syncs.
(c) The music pieces were sung in Italian and dubbed over the black actor's lip syncs.
(d) The music pieces were sung by middle class black people and dubbed over the black actor's lip syncs.

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

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

8. 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 like being entertained by the stereotypical figures of Black Americans.
(d) Because Whites want to believe that Black people are unhappy with their lives.

9. Where is Atlanta located?
(a) Mississippi.
(b) New York.
(c) Tennessee.
(d) Georgia.

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

11. What has made some changes in the face of the Negro?
(a) Slavery.
(b) Time.
(c) Age.
(d) History.

12. 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 it was treated with little respect.
(c) Because Blacks were in need of money.
(d) Because Whites has a great influence in Black politics.

13. What Hollywood studio produced the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Twentieth Century Fox.
(b) Walt Disney Studios.
(c) Universal Studios.
(d) MGM Studios.

14. 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 is a terrible color with which to be born into the world.
(b) The Negro is a man without a homeland.
(c) Black men are inferior to white men.
(d) Blacks need to make themselves less offensive.

15. Where did the Melodeers ultimately end up rehearsing for their performances in Atlanta?
(a) A private home.
(b) YWCA.
(c) YMCA.
(d) A Negro motel.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. Who had the money to pay for the Melodeers' accommodations in Atlanta?

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

5. How does Baldwin describe literature on the subject of the Negro in America when it is written by Blacks?

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