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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What impeded the Progressive Party's progression in Harlem during the 1940s?
(a) The campaign promises were geared towards African Americans.
(b) The campaign promises were too extravagant.
(c) The campaign promises were geared towards Whites.
(d) The campaign promises were too common.

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

5. Why does Baldwin think it is safe for the film Carmen Jones to utilize an all-Negro cast?
(a) The all-Negro cast is less intimidating.
(b) There are no white people to which the Negroes may be compared.
(c) White people do not want to see an interracial cast.
(d) The Negroes would see a movie with an all-Negro cast.

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

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

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

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

10. Who was the representative of the Progressive Party in Atlanta?
(a) Mrs. Dorothy Dandridge.
(b) Mr. Henry Wallace.
(c) Mrs. Branson Price.
(d) Mrs. Frank Johnson.

11. Which of the following is not a characteristic given to history by Baldwin?
(a) Slum.
(b) Negative images in the media.
(c) Injustices.
(d) Remote Violence.

12. Where is Atlanta located?
(a) New York.
(b) Tennessee.
(c) Georgia.
(d) Mississippi.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What are protest novels?

2. What novel does Baldwin compare Uncle Tom's Cabin to?

3. How many of Baldwin's brothers were in the quartet?

4. What's the name of Baldwin's brother who relayed his experience with the Melodeers in Atlanta?

5. 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?

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