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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What two big name magazines, popular in the African American community in the 1940s, are mentioned in the chapter entitled The Harlem Ghetto?
(a) Ebony and Our World.
(b) Ebony and Essence.
(c) Ebony and Jet.
(d) Essence and Jet.

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

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

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

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

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

8. What novel does Baldwin compare Uncle Tom's Cabin to?
(a) Native Son.
(b) Little Women.
(c) Black Boy.
(d) Othello.

9. Why is the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set necessary for white audiences?
(a) The cleanliness makes white audiences more comfortable with seeing Negroes in familiar situations.
(b) The cleanliness makes white audiences more comfortable with the role of the lead male Negro.
(c) The cleanliness makes white audiences want to watch more Negro movies.
(d) The cleanliness makes white audiences view the black actors as equals.

10. 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) People in America are indifferent to what is going on in other parts of the world.
(c) Life in America moves at the same pace as other places in the world.
(d) Life in America moves faster.

11. According to Baldwin, what color is associated with evil?
(a) Red.
(b) Black.
(c) White.
(d) Green.

12. Why does Baldwin criticize the book Native Son?
(a) The book dehumanizes Negro women and makes the Negro man superior to the Negro woman.
(b) The book negates the whole race and converts the Negro man's pride into anger.
(c) The book negates the role of the black woman in society.
(d) The book describes the life of a Negro man as if he was a White man.

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

14. How has Harlem changed since Baldwin's parents' lifetime?
(a) Not much.
(b) A great deal.
(c) Somewhat in the Jewish occupied areas.
(d) Not at all.

15. What are there more of in Harlem than any other ghetto in the city?
(a) Homes.
(b) Grocery Stores.
(c) Prisons.
(d) Churches.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Although it is known that African Americans are not biologically or mentally inferior, what occurred during the World War II?

4. Why does Baldwin assert that White people contribute to the perpetuation of the stereotypical characters such as Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom?

5. How does Baldwin describe the American Ideal?

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