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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 that Black people are unhappy with their lives.
(b) Because Whites want to believe the happy, subservient personas of Black people
(c) Because Whites like being entertained by the stereotypical figures of Black Americans.
(d) Because African Americans love to imitate these types of stereotypical characters.

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

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

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

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

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

9. What stereotypical trait do the immoral and evil characters share in the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Coarse hair.
(b) Brown eyes.
(c) Overweight.
(d) Dark colored skin.

10. What is the avowed aim of the American protest novel?
(a) To bring the ideals of socialism to the oppressed.
(b) To bring Christianity to the oppressed.
(c) To bring greater freedom to the oppressed.
(d) To bring greater charity to the oppressed.

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

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

13. What stereotypical trait is shared by the female and male leads in the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Fine hair.
(b) Blue eyes.
(c) Dark colored skin.
(d) Light colored skin.

14. According to Baldwin, who are the three most important characters in Uncle Tom's Cabin?
(a) George, St. Clair, and Uncle Tom.
(b) George, Miss Ophelia, and Uncle Tom.
(c) Uncle Tom, Miss Ophelia, and Eliza.
(d) George, Eliza, and Uncle Tom.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What has made some changes in the face of the Negro?

2. What was the political affiliation of the Amsterdam Star-News?

3. How are the oppressed and oppressor described in the book, Notes of a Native Son?

4. Why was Uncle Tom's Cabin was written?

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

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