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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What genre of film is the movie Carmen Jones?
(a) Drama .
(b) Opera.
(c) Horror.
(d) Comedy.

3. Where did the Melodeers ultimately end up rehearsing for their performances in Atlanta?
(a) A Negro motel.
(b) YMCA.
(c) A private home.
(d) YWCA.

4. The story of Carmen Jones deals with what type of people?
(a) Immortal
(b) Amoral.
(c) Immortal.
(d) Moral.

5. What is dehumanization of the Negro inseparable from?
(a) The loss of racial identity.
(b) The loss of our own identity.
(c) The loss of African American identity.
(d) The loss of Negroes to slavery.

6. What does Baldwin claim Jews and Negroes must use in order to be accepted in the 1940s and 1950s?
(a) Religion.
(b) Knowledge of American society.
(c) Every weapon possible.
(d) American History.

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

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

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

10. How does Baldwin describe the American Ideal?
(a) Everyone should be as alike as possible.
(b) Everyone should reconnect to American history.
(c) Everyone should be as different as possible.
(d) Everyone should connect to their cultural identity.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What two stereotypical figures does the author portray as portraits of the Negro in America with laudatory and heinous qualities?

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

3. What stereotypical trait is shared by the female and male leads in the film Carmen Jones?

4. Why is the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set necessary for white audiences?

5. How is the story of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?

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