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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are protest novels?
(a) Reality connecting nowhere with fantasy.
(b) Racism connecting nowhere to social policy.
(c) Fantasies connecting nowhere to reality.
(d) Socialism connecting nowhere to racism.

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

3. What does Baldwin say it means for the Negro to be religious?
(a) He stands in fear of man.
(b) He stands in fear of creation.
(c) He stands in fear of God.
(d) He stands in fear of beast.

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

5. Who was the presidential candidate representing the Progressive Party at the time Baldwin wrote this essay?
(a) James Jordan.
(b) Paul Roberson.
(c) Clarence Warde.
(d) Henry Wallace.

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

7. 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 Whites has a great influence in Black politics.
(c) Because Blacks did care about politics.
(d) Because Blacks were in need of money.

8. What type of accommodations were promised to the Melodeers prior to leaving for Atlanta?
(a) Four to a room.
(b) Two to a room.
(c) One to a room.
(d) Dormitory style accommodations.

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

10. What is not one of the two legends of the "white Gentile" as described by Baldwin?
(a) He has taught the Negro to be inferior.
(b) He treats the Negro like a slave.
(c) He has divided Negro men and women.
(d) He has divided the Jews and Negroes.

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

12. What does Baldwin regard as the most important thing about the film Carmen Jones?
(a) The questions it leaves in the mind relate more to inferior life of Americans.
(b) The changes it suggests about the lives of Negroes.
(c) The impression it leaves about the realities of Negro life.
(d) The questions it leaves about the relationship between Whites and Negroes.

13. Why was Uncle Tom's Cabin was written?
(a) To prove slavery is wrong.
(b) To tell the true story of Uncle Tom.
(c) To abolish slavery.
(d) To show the every day life of a slave.

14. 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) White.
(b) Clear.
(c) Light.
(d) Blank.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who played the lead male role in the film Carmen Jones?

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

4. Where can the true raison d'être of the Negro press be found?

5. Where did the Melodeers room while in Atlanta?

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