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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Baldwin, what has led to unforeseen paradoxical distress?
(a) Our passion for clarity.
(b) Our passion for knowledge.
(c) Our passion for categorization.
(d) Our passion for change.

2. According to Baldwin, how does the book Native Son obliterate the good will of the people as a whole?
(a) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story of hatred and the idea that Negroes can only become validated if they become more like white men.
(b) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that white men only like subservient black men and women.
(c) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that Negroes are always angry at white men.
(d) The good will of the people is obliterated by the story that stereotypical images share laudatory and heinous qualities with the best possible traits coming to the surface for white consumption.

3. What was the political affiliation of the Amsterdam Star-News?
(a) Democrat.
(b) Independent.
(c) Progressive.
(d) Republican.

4. Why did Baldwin think the Negro vote was so easily bought and sold in the 1940s?
(a) Because it was treated with little respect.
(b) Because Blacks did care about politics.
(c) Because Blacks were in need of money.
(d) Because Whites has a great influence in Black politics.

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

6. What point of view does Baldwin use in this essay?
(a) Third person narrative.
(b) First person limited narrative.
(c) Second person narrative.
(d) First person narrative.

7. How are the oppressed and oppressor described in the book, Notes of a Native Son?
(a) They are separated by common law.
(b) They are bound together within the same society.
(c) They are divided by society.
(d) They are both are oppressed.

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

9. What did the parents of the Melodeers oppose prior to their departure for Atlanta?
(a) An extra tour.
(b) The trip to Atlanta.
(c) Mr. Wades as the group's manager and guardian .
(d) Only one chaperone for the group.

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

11. 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?
(a) Clear.
(b) White.
(c) Blank.
(d) Light.

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

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

14. According to Baldwin, what characteristic does Dorothy Dandridge have that Pearl Bailey lacks?
(a) Shyness.
(b) Aggression.
(c) Sexiness.
(d) Charisma.

15. What novel does Baldwin criticize as a more modern piece of shallow propaganda from the Negro experience?
(a) Carmen Jones.
(b) Native Son.
(c) Uncle Tom's Cabin.
(d) Black No More.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who played the lead role of Carmen in the film Carmen Jones?

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

3. Since Negroes have been in this country, Baldwin writes that their one devastating gain was:

4. Why does Baldwin criticize the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set?

5. Baldwin believes that the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin should have been:

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