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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Baldwin, why has the face of the Negro changed over time?
(a) Because of the white man's need for making Negroes cook and clean the white man's home.
(b) Because of the white man's need for making Negroes as white as possible in order to interact with them.
(c) Because African Americans refuted the stereotypical images Aunt Jemima.
(d) Because of the portrayal of Uncle Tom.

2. How is the story of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) The story of the original American settlers.
(b) The story of African Americans.
(c) The story of Native Americans.
(d) The story of Americans.

3. 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.

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 make a livelihood from music.
(d) To change Whites' views of Black music.

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

6. How does Baldwin say American life compares to life in other parts of the world in the 1940s?
(a) Life in America moves slower.
(b) Life in America moves at the same pace as other places in the world.
(c) Life in America moves faster.
(d) People in America are indifferent to what is going on in other parts of the world.

7. What two stereotypical figures does the author portray as portraits of the Negro in America with laudatory and heinous qualities?
(a) Aunt Jemima and Othello.
(b) Carmen Jones and Uncle Tom.
(c) Aunt Jemima and Carmen Jones.
(d) Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom.

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

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

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

11. How many of Baldwin's brothers were in the quartet?
(a) Four.
(b) One.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

12. How does Baldwin describe the relationship between the Negroes and the Jews in Harlem?
(a) Unwanted.
(b) Indifferent.
(c) Contentious.
(d) Amicable.

13. Protest novels are said to resemble:
(a) Missionaries to America.
(b) Missionaries to India.
(c) Missionaries to Africa.
(d) Missionaries to South America.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what era did James Baldwin write Notes of a Native Son?

2. What does Baldwin say it means for the Negro to be religious?

3. According to Baldwin, what color are the robes of the saved?

4. How does Baldwin describe the American Ideal?

5. What is not one of the two legends of the "white Gentile" as described by Baldwin?

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