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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What two stereotypical figures does the author portray as portraits of the Negro in America with laudatory and heinous qualities?
(a) Aunt Jemima and Uncle Tom.
(b) Aunt Jemima and Othello.
(c) Aunt Jemima and Carmen Jones.
(d) Carmen Jones and Uncle Tom.

2. How is history and the progress of the Negro described in the chapter entitled Many Thousands Gone?
(a) Anti-Social.
(b) Sufficient.
(c) Social.
(d) Non-existent.

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

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

5. How does Baldwin describe literature on the subject of the Negro in America when it is written by Whites?
(a) Social Literature.
(b) Protest Literature.
(c) Change Literature.
(d) Problem Literature.

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

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

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

9. How does Baldwin describe a "new society" in the book, Notes of a Native Son?
(a) One in which Negros resume their slave duties.
(b) One in which inequalities will disappear and vengeance will be exacted.
(c) One in which Negros and Whites work together.
(d) One in which inequalities change because of protests.

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

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

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

13. According to Baldwin, what color is associated with evil?
(a) Green.
(b) Red.
(c) White.
(d) Black.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Baldwin claim Jews and Negroes must use in order to be accepted in the 1940s and 1950s?

3. According to Baldwin, how does the book Native Son obliterate the good will of the people as a whole?

4. What stereotypical trait do the immoral and evil characters share in the film Carmen Jones?

5. What is not one of the two legends of the "white Gentile" as described by Baldwin?

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