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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 characteristic does Dorothy Dandridge have that Pearl Bailey lacks?
(a) Aggression.
(b) Shyness.
(c) Sexiness.
(d) Charisma.

2. Who played the lead role of Carmen in the film Carmen Jones?
(a) Carmen Jones.
(b) Dorothy Dandridge.
(c) Lena Horne.
(d) Pearl Bailey.

3. Why is the cleanliness of the Carmen Jones movie set necessary for white audiences?
(a) The cleanliness makes white audiences view the black actors as equals.
(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 want to watch more Negro movies.

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

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

6. How has Harlem changed since Baldwin's parents' lifetime?
(a) A great deal.
(b) Not at all.
(c) Somewhat in the Jewish occupied areas.
(d) Not much.

7. Who was the legal guardian and road manager of the Melodeers during their journey to Atlanta?
(a) Henry Wallace.
(b) Clarence Warde.
(c) Adam Jones.
(d) Branson Price.

8. Where can the true raison d'être of the Negro press be found?
(a) Lifestyle sections of the Black magazines.
(b) Letters to the editor.
(c) Ebony magazine.
(d) The front pages of the Negro newspapers.

9. According to Baldwin, both the Negro and the Jew are characterized as:
(a) Cheerful.
(b) Religious.
(c) Helpless.
(d) Jobless.

10. What novel does Baldwin compare Uncle Tom's Cabin to?
(a) Othello.
(b) Little Women.
(c) Native Son.
(d) Black Boy.

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

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

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

14. Where did the Melodeers room while in Atlanta?
(a) YMCA.
(b) a Negro motel.
(c) The homes of Progressive Party members.
(d) YWCA.

15. According to Baldwin, what color are the robes of the saved?
(a) White.
(b) Green.
(c) Black.
(d) Red.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the avowed aim of the American protest novel?

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

3. Who played the villainous second male lead in Carmen Jones?

4. Who is the author of Native Son?

5. What point of view does Baldwin use in this essay?

(see the answer keys)

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